This conference starts from the point that much of our thinking in both philosophy and politics today is an inheritance from the encounters by major philosophers such as Hobbes, Descartes, Hume, Smith, and Kant with the skeptical traditions. Their work, in turn, influenced a host of minor figures such as the libertines of the seventeenth century and the political activists of the time of the French Revolution. The skeptical foundations of Hobbesian political philosophy, Cartesianism, and the clandestine writers of the seventeenth century fed into the Humean empiricism, Smithian cosmopolitanism, and Kantian political idealism of the Enlightenment. Along the way, literature and historical writing tried to make sense of the implications of skepticism for political life. All put together, we will try to bring out the political implications of philosophical skepticism in the early modern period as the foundation for understanding its continuing political implications today.
Registration Deadline: May 8, 2012
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Registration Fees: $20 per person; UC faculty & staff, students with ID: no charge*
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Complimentary lunch and other refreshments are provided to all registrants.
Please be aware that space at the Clark is limited and that registration closes when capacity is reached. Confirmation will be sent via email.
UCLA Center for Seventeenth- & Eighteenth-Century Studies
10745 Dickson Plaza, 310 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, California 90095-1404
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