Calls for Abstracts and Papers

1 October, 2018 Sanders Prize in the History of Early Modern Philosophy
Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy welcomes submissions for the second Sanders Prize in the History of Early Modern Philosophy. The Sanders Prize in the History of Early Modern Philosophy is a biennial essay competition open to scholars who are within fifteen (15) years of receiving a Ph.D. or students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program.

Independent scholars may also be eligible, and should direct inquiries to Donald Rutherford, editor of Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy at The award for the prizewinning essay is $10,000. Winning essays will be published in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy. Closed for submission of papers.

For details on submissions, see:


19-21 October 2018, Philosophy Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Philosophy Department is hosting a workshop on the work of George Berkeley. Papers on any aspect of Berkeley’s work are welcome.  A revised schedule for the workshop can be found here. If you would like to serve as a commentator, contact Margaret AthertonClosed for submission of papers. 



1 November 2018, The Colin and Ailsa Turbayne International Berkeley Essay Prize Competition 
Submitted papers should address some aspect of Berkeley’s philosophy. Essays should be new and unpublished and should be written in English and not exceed 5,000 words in length. All references to Berkeley should be to Luce & Jessop, and an MLA or similar standard for notes should be followed. Submissions are blind reviewed and will be judged by members of a review board selected by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rochester. For more information, click here.


7-10 January 2019,  American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, New York, IBS Session
The International Berkeley Society will host a session at the 2019 American
Philosophical Association Eastern Division. The IBS session is scheduled for 8 January, 2019 from noon through 2pm. Speakers include:

  • Manuel Fasko (Zurich): “De Actio: A Historical Argument for a Composite
    Reading of Berkeley’s Notion of Action”
  • Todd DeRose (Ohio State): “Semantic Compositionality and Berkeley’s Divine
    Language Argument”
  • Jonathan Vadja (SUNY Buffalo): Berkeley’s Concrete General ideas and the
    Problem of Universals.”

Send abstracts by 15 May 2018 to Seth Bordner or Nancy Kendrick.


April 2-3, 2019, “Berkeleian Minds: Will and Understanding,” Humanities Research Center at York University, England 
Abstracts of one page or less are due December 1, 2018. Please email submissions
(including name and affiliation) to


April 5-6 2019, “Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley,” Trinity College Dublin
The conference will include general exploration of the intellectual culture of early modern Ireland as well as examination of specific thinkers with significant connections to Ireland active during Berkeley’s lifetime (1685–1753). Papers presented at
the conference will be published as part of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements
series, Cambridge University Press.  Full details, including submission instructions, are available at:

Abstracts due 15 October, 2018. Abstracts from scholars in any discipline are welcome. Particular preference will be
given to papers that address figures and/or topics outside the currently recognized
philosophical ‘canon’, including the work of early modern women.