Employment History

2006— Associate Professor of Philosophy, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

2007-08 Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow, Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2003-2006 Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Concordia University

2000-2003 Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Associated Faculty, Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies.

Spring, 2003 Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey

Spring, 2000 Instructor, Barnard College

1998-1999 Instructor, Columbia University

Academic Background

Columbia University, Department of Philosophy, New York (1994-2000).

Ph.D., 15 April, 2000.

Dissertation: Leibniz, Microscopy, and the Metaphysics of Composite Substance.

M.Phil., May, 1996.

M.A., May, 1995.

Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität Münster (University of Münster), Leibniz-Forschungsstelle (Leibniz Research Centre), Münster, Germany, (1997-1998).

Doctoral Research on a DAAD fellowship.

University of California, Davis, (1992-1993), B.A., with Honours in Philosophy and Highest Honours in Slavic Linguistics

Other International Study: Spring, 1994 Moscow State Pedagogical University (Moscow, Russia); Fall, 1990 Leningrad State University (Leningrad, USSR)


English (native); French, German, Russian (fluent); Latin, Classical Greek (proficient reading knowledge); Turkish, Persian (basic); actively interested in improving my Arabic, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Romanian, and Serbian.

Primary research interests

Leibniz; History and Philosophy of Biology; Early Modern Natural Philosophy

Developing research and teaching interests

History and Philosophy of Anthropology; Ancient Philosophy; Philosophy of Religion; Aesthetics




Justin E. H. Smith (Ed.), The Problem of Animal Generation in Early Modern Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Justin E. H. Smith, Carlos Fraenkel, and Dario Perinetti (Eds.), Montreal Studies in the History of Philosophy, volume 1: The Rationalists: between Tradition and Revolution (Springer, 2008).

Justin E. H. Smith (Ed.), The Philosophy of Weather: Classic and Contemporary Readings (proposal under review at Routledge).

Articles and Chapters in Refereed Publications

“ ‘Corpus hominis est quaedam Machina’: An Unpublished Manuscript on the Body-Machine,” Latin transcription, English translation, and commentary, in The Leibniz Review (December, 2007).

“‘The Unity of the Generative Power’: Modern Taxonomy and the Problem of Animal Generation,” in Perspectives on Science (forthcoming, 2008).

“Language, Bipedalism, and the Mind-Body Problem in Edward Tyson’s Orang-Outang (1699),” in Intellectual History Review (forthcoming).

“La génération spontanée et le problème de la reproduction des espèces avant et après Descartes,” in Philosophiques (forthcoming).

“Descartes and Henry More on Living Bodies,” in Disseminating Knowledge in the Seventeenth Century: Centres and Peripheries in the Republic of Letters (Bucharest: Institut ‘Fondements de la Modernité’ de l’université de Bucarest, forthcoming, 2007).

“Leibniz on Spermatozoa and Immortality,” in Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie (forthcoming, 2007).

“The Tenacity of Spirit in Late 17th-Century Natural Philosophy,” in Spirits Unseen: The Representation of Subtle Bodies in Early Modern European Culture: Intersections, vol. 9. Eds. Wolfgang Neuber and Christine Göttler (Forthcoming, 2007).

“Genealogy or Convergence? Leibniz and the Spectre of Pagan Rationality,” in Leibniz: What Kind of Rationalist? Ed. Marcelo Dascal. (Springer Verlag, 2006).

“Degeneration and Hybridism in the Early Modern Species Debate: Toward the Philosophical Roots of the Creation-Evolution Controversy,” in Monsters and Philosophy. Ed. Charles Wolfe. (King’s College Press of the University of London, 2005).

“The Leibnizian Organism Between Locke’s Thinking Matter and Cudworth’s Plastic Natures,” ouvrage collectif du Colloque International sur les Nouveaux essais sur l’entendement humain de Leibniz (Paris and Montreal: Bellarmin/Vrin, 2006).

“Leibniz and the Cambridge Platonists in the Debate over Plastic Natures,” (with Pauline Phemister), in Leibniz and the English-Speaking World. Ed. Pauline Phemister and Stuart Brown. (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2007).

“The Problem of Heredity in Mechanist Embryology,” in The Problem of Animal Generation in Early Modern Philosophy: From Descartes to Kant (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

“Making Sense of the U.S. Prison System,” in Radical Philosophy Review (April, 2005).

“The Metaphysics of Animal Generation in Aristotle and Leibniz,” Yeditepe’de Felsefe 3 (2004): 235-257.

“En attendant dans l’antichambre de la philosophie: La relation de Leibniz à Descartes, d\’après M. Devaux,” Descartes e il seicento. Atti del Seminario “Descartes et ses adversaires,” Parigi, 12-13 dicembre 2000, pp. 93-98.

“Christian Platonism and the Metaphysics of Body in Leibniz,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 12, 1 (2004): 43-59.

“Confused Perception and Corporeal Substance in Leibniz,” The Leibniz Review 13 (2003): 45-66.

“Leibnizian Organisms, Nested Individuals, and Units of Selection” (with Ohad Nachtomy and Ayelet Shavit), Theory in Biosciences, vol. 121 (2002): 205-230.

“Leibniz’s Preformationism: Between Metaphysics and Biology,” Analecta Husserliana: The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research 77 (2002): 161-192.

“Leibniz Scholarship in Germany, 1890-1945,” The Leibniz Review, 12 (2002).

“Leibniz’s Hylomorphic Monad,” History of Philosophy Quarterly, 19, 1, (2002): 21-42.

“Leibnizens Hylomorphismus in seiner Bedeutung für den französischen Materialismus des XVIII Jahrhunderts,” VII. Internationaler Leibniz-Kongress: Nihil sine Ratione, Vorträge, 3. Teil (September, 2001): 1204-1212.

“Transcendental Idealism and Analytic Philosophy of Language from the Points of View of Stalin-Era Soviet Philosophy and Contemporary American Pragmatism,” (in Russian), Kantovskii Sbornik 22 (2001): 126-137.

“On the Fate of Composite Substances After 1704,” Studia Leibnitiana, 31, 1 (1999): 1-7.

“Stalin and the Linguistic Turn in Soviet Philosophy,” Wiener Slawistischer Almanach, 43 (1999): 129-142.

Reference Articles

“Animal Souls and Animal Machines,” Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Philosophy, (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).

“Tier, 1450-1850 [Animal, 1450-1850],” in Die Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit (forthcoming, 2008).

“Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm,” in The New Dictionary of Scientific Biography (New York: Scribner’s Sons, forthcoming).

“The History of Philosophy,” in The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (New York: Scribner’s Sons, 2004).

Book Reviews

Vincent Aucante’s La philosophie médicale de Descartes (Presses Universitaires de France, 2006), in Isis, forthcoming.

Pauline Phemister’s Leibniz and the Natural World: Activity, Passivity and Corporeal Substances in Leibniz’s Philosophy (Springer, 2005), in The Leibniz Review, Fall, 2006.

Sarah Hutton’s Anne Conway: A Woman Philosopher (Cambridge University Press,

2004), in Philosophy in Review, forthcoming.

Franklin Perkins’ Leibniz and China: A Commerce of Light (Cambridge University Press, 2004), in Philosophy in Review, forthcoming.

Brad Inwood (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Stoics (Cambridge University Press, 2003), in Teaching Philosophy, October, 2005.

Simon Critchley’s On Humour (Routledge), in Teaching Philosophy, August, 2003.

David O’Connor’s Hume on Religion, in Teaching Philosophy, June, 2003 (with Nathan Colaner).

Wolfgang Lefèvre (ed.), Between Leibniz, Newton, and Kant: Philosophy and Science in the Eighteenth Century, in Annals of Science, vol. 59, 2002.

Thomas C. Brickhouse and Nicholas D. Smith (eds.), The Trial and Execution of Socrates: Sources and Controversies, in Teaching Philosophy, Fall, 2002.

Eleonore Stump and Norman Kretzmann (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Augustine, in Teaching Philosophy, vol. 25, No. 3, September, 2002, pp. 266-269.

Robert A. Wilson (ed.), Species: New Interdisciplinary Studies, in Teaching Philosophy, vol. 24, No. 4, December, 2001, pp. 424-427.

Andreas Blank’s Der logische Aufbau von Leibniz’ Metaphysik, in The Leibniz Review, vol. 11, December, 2001, pp. 29-34.

Thomas Leinkauf’s Mundus combinatus: Studien zur Struktur der barocken Universalwissenschaft, am Beispiel Athanasius Kirchers, SJ, 1602-1680, in The Leibniz Review, vol. 9, September, 1999, pp. 14-20.

Phillip Beeley’s Kontinuität und Mechanismus (with Christia Mercer) in The Leibniz Society Review, October, 1997.

Translations from the German

“The Knightess of the Siege Perilous,” a translation of Elfriede Jelinek’s “Die Ritterin des gefährlichen Platzes,” in Charles Wolfe (ed.), Monsters and Philosophy (University of London Press, 2006).

Leibniz’s Synthesis of the Metaphysics of the Individual and Universal Mathematics (Ohio University Press, forthcoming), a translation of Dietrich Mahnke\’s Leibnizens Synthese von Individualmetaphysik und Universalmathematik (Verlag Niemeyer, 1925).

The Conceptualization of the Social among the Rocky Cree (Verlag Sauerwein, 1999), a translation of Anja Nicole Stuckenberger\’s Die Konzeptualisierung des Sozialen bei den Rocky Cree (Universität Münster, 1997).

Current Research

I am completing a book, Leibniz’s Biological Metaphysics, to be submitted to University of Chicago Press, early 2008.

Conference Presentations and Invited Colloquium Papers

(“R” indicates that the paper was peer-refereed; “I” indicates that I was invited to give the paper by conference organizers.)

I Colloquium series of the Institut für Philosophie of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. “War Leibniz wirklich ein deutscher Idealist?” Berlin, Germany, April, 2008.

I Workshop on Corporeal Substance and Organism in Leibniz. “Les racines du concept leibnizien d’organisme,” Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne, March 14, 2008.

R Meeting of the Croatian Society for the Advancement of Philosophy on Descartes and Contemporary Philosophy. “‘The Thought Hidden in the Body’: Descartes on Animals and Language,” University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, May 18-20, 2007.

R Meeting of the International Society for Intellectual History. “20th-Century French Historiography of Early Modern Life Science,” Birkbeck College, University of London. April 19, 2007.

I Meeting of the Graduiertenkolleg of the Viadrina-Universität (Frankfurt an der Oder), “Lebensformen und Lebenswissen.” “A Belated Defense of Spontaneous Generation,” New York University, New York, New York, March 29, 2007.

I Université du Québec à Montréal Philosophy Department Colloquium Series. “L’idéalisme était-il possible au 17e siècle?” UQAM, Montréal, Québec, March 2, 2007.

I International Seminar in Early Modern Thought: Disseminating Knowledge in the 17th Century: Centres and Peripheries in the Republic of Letters. “Generation Theory as a Branch of Cosmology from Avicenna to Harvey,” August 1, 2006, Bran, Romania.

R VIII. Internationaler Leibniz-Kongress, “Monads, Animals, and the Question of Late-Period ‘Idealism’,” Hannover, Germany, July 28, 2006.

I Ernst Cassirer Memorial Lecture Series, Universität Hamburg, “Die Vielfalt der Arten in der deutschen Naturphilosophie der frühen Neuzeit,” Hamburg, Germany, June 14, 2006.

R Annual Meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association, Special Session on Aristotle’s Embryology, “Aristotle and Descartes on Spontaneous Generation and Species Reproduction,” York University, Toronto, Ontario, May, 2006.

I Montreal Interuniversity Workshop in the History of Philosophy, “Quid sit homo? Language, Anatomy, and the Spectre of Ape-Human Kinship from Descartes to Edward Tyson,” Montreal, Quebec, March 8, 2006.

I Invited paper for Symposium on Early Modern Biology, Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association. “Why Biology Matters in Early Modern Natural Philosophy,” New York, New York, December 27, 2005.

I Invited paper for Les Correspondances savantes de Descartes: un colloque international. “Descartes et Henri More,” Le Centre culturel français de Rome, Rome, Italy, December 15, 2005.

R Midwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy. “Organic Development and the Limits of Mechanism,” University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, November 12, 2005.

R International Conference on Leibniz’s Rationalism, “Leibniz and the Problem of Pagan Rationality,” Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, Israel, May 28, 2005.

R Congrès de la Société de Philosophie du Québec. “Leibniz et la question de la rationalité païenne,” Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, May 11, 2005.

I University of Bucharest Speaker Series in Early Modern Thought. “Leibniz on prisca theologia, Natural Theology, and the Problem of Human Origins,” Bucharest, Romania, May 26, 2005.

I New Europe College Speaker Series. “The Tenacity of Occult Forces in Early Modern Philosophy,” New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania, May 25, 2005.

I Montreal Interuniversity Workshop in the History and Philosophy of Science, “Heredity and Species Membership in 17th-century Embryology,” Concordia University, Montreal, February 15, 2005.

I Lehigh University Philosophy Department Colloquium Series. “Celestial Effluvia and the Evil Eye: The Problem of Occult Forces in Early Modern Science,” Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, February 8, 2005.

I McGill University Colloquium Series in the History and Philosophy of Science. “Body and Soul in Mechanist Embryology, 1630-1690,” McGill University, Montréal, Québec, January 20, 2005.

R Pacific Northwest/Western Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy. “Vis imaginationis and the Problem of Trait Acquisition in Cartesian Embryology,” University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, October 9, 2004.

R International Conference on Leibniz’s Nouveaux essais. “The Leibnizian Organism between Locke’s Thinking Matter and Cudworth’s Plastic Natures,” Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, October 1, 2004.

R Séminaire Princeton/Arad sur la pensée moderne: Les théories de la matière et de l’esprit au dix-septième siècle. “Âme et corps dans l’embryologie mécaniste,” Vasile Goldis University, Arad, Romania, September 8, 2004.

R Workshop on Descartes’ Concept of a Human Being, his Dualism, and his Ethics, in Conjunction with the International Society for the Study of European Ideas. “Cartesian Physiology and the Problem of Birth Defects,” Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, August 3, 2004.

I Yeditepe University Philosophy Department Colloquium Series. “The Cynics’ Radical Virtue,” Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey, May 28, 2003.

I Bogaziçi University Philosophy Department Colloquium Series. “The Idea of Embodiment in Late Neoplatonism,” Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, March 21, 2003.

I Invited Paper for the Leibniz Society of North America, in conjunction with the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association. “Leibniz on Being Embodied,” APA Central Division meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, April 24, 2003.

I Invited paper for the international conference, “The Young Leibniz.” “Contagion, Conception, and Cause: Kircher and Leeuwenhoek\’s Influence on the Young Leibniz’s Proto-Monadological Meditations,” Rice University, Houston, Texas, April 18, 2003.

R Fourth Annual Joint Greek-Turkish Conference for the History and Philosophy of Science. “Theories of Generation and Theories of Cause in 17th-Century Thought: The Case of Leeuwenhoek and Leibniz,” University of Athens, Athens, Greece, April 12, 2003.

R Platonism at the Origins of Modernity: A Conference at Cambridge University. “Renaissance Platonism and the Metaphysics of Body in Cusanus and Leibniz,” Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, March 27, 2003.

I Concordia University Philosophy Department Colloquium Series. “Animal Generation and the Metaphysics of Cause in Leibniz,” Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, January 13, 2003.

R IV Jornadas de Investigacíon de Filosofía de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata. “The Metaphysics of Animal Reproduction in Early Modern Thought,” Universidad Nacional de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina, November 7, 2002.

R South Central Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy. “Christian Platonism and the Metaphysics of Body in Leibniz,” Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 13, 2002.

R Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching- West. “In Defense of Lecturing,” Pomona College, Pomona, California, March 8, 2002.

I Miami University Philosophy Department Colloquium Series. “Simplicity, Confusion, and Body: The Theological Roots of 17th-Century ‘Idealism’,” Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, October 12, 2001.

R The 7th International Leibniz Congress. “Leibnizens Hylomorphismus in seiner Bedeutung für den französischen Materialismus des 18. Jahrhunderts,” Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany, September 13, 2001.

I Hebrew University Colloquium Series in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science. “Is the Leibnizian Monad Absolutely Simple?” Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, May 23, 2001.

I Tel-Hai Academic College Colloquium Series in the History and Philosophy of Science. “Leibniz and Empirical Life Science,” Tel-Hai, Israel, May 21, 2001.

R Leibniz and his Correspondents, a conference at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. Commentary on Nicholas Jolley’s “Leibniz and Occasionalism,” March 13, 2001.

R Joint Session of the Midwest Seminar in the History of Early Modern Philosophy and the Centre d’Etudes Cartésiennes. Commentary on Michaël Devaux’s “Leibniz face à la philosophie première de Descartes,” Sorbonne, Paris, France, December 13, 2000.

R Conference on Corporeal Substance and the Composition of the Continuum in Leibniz. “The Complete Monad: Leibniz’s Mature Hylomorphism and its Implications for his Understanding of the Continuum,” Florence Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Florence, Italy, November 26, 2000.

I Havighurst Institute for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Colloquium Series. “Stalin and the Law of the Excluded Middle,” Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, October 9, 2000.

I Emory University Philosophy Department Colloquium Series. “Substance, Aggregate, and Organism in Leibniz,” Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, February 10, 2000.

I Miami University Philosophy Department Colloquium Series. “What Is an Organism?” Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, February 4, 2000.

R Midwestern Seminar on Early Modern Philosophy. “Leeuwenhoek’s Influence on Leibniz’s Theory of Causation,” University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, December 4, 1999.

R Eighth Annual Conference of the Kant Society of Russia: “Transcendental Idealism and Analytic Philosophy of Language from the Points of View of Stalin-Era Soviet Philosophy and Contemporary American Pragmatism,” (in Russian), Kaliningrad State University, Kaliningrad, Russia, September 22, 1999.

R Third Annual Congress of the World Institute for Advanced Phenomenological Research and Learning: “Leibniz\’s Preformationism: Between Metaphysics and Biology,” Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, September 16, 1999.

R Columbia-Georgetown Graduate Student Conference on Russian and Soviet History: “Stalin, Language, and the Soviet Attack on ‘Idealism’,” Columbia University, April 25, 1999.

R Southeastern Seminar on Early Modern Philosophy: “Leibniz’s Animalcular Preformationism,” Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, April 10, 1999.

Lectures to Student Organizations

Philosophy Students’ Association of Concordia University, Symposium Series. “How Should Scholars Talk about God?” Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, November 16, 2006.

Philosophy Students’ Association of Concordia University, Colloquium Series. “Why Study the History of Philosophy? Three Approaches,” Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, March 5, 2004.

Miami University Student Association of Atheists and Agnostics. “That it is a Huge Waste of Time to Argue For, or Against, the Existence of God,” Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, February 13, 2002.


Research Fellowship of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Stiftung. Amount of funding: 2500 Euros per month. Period: 2007-2008.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC): Standard Research Grant. Amount of funding: $45,533. Period: 2004-2007.

Fonds Québécois pour la recherche sur la société et la culture,” research grant in the ‘nouveaux chercheurs’ category. Amount of funding: $29,000. Period: 2004-2007.

National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar, “Leibniz and His Contemporaries,” directed by Dan Garber and Roger Ariew, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. Amount of funding: $2500. Period: June 23-July 20, 2003.

Miami University Summer Research Grant. Amount of funding: $5000. Period: Summer, 2001.

Whiting Foundation Fellowship. Amount of funding: $11,000, plus tuition remission. Period: 1999-2000.

DAAD Fellowship (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) for one year of dissertation research at the Leibniz-Forschungsstelle of the Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität Münster. Amount of funding: 12,000 Euros, plus travel expenses. Period: 1997-98.

Harriman Institute-Pepsico Summer Fellowship for independent research at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Research project: “Stalin and the Law of the Excluded Middle.” Amount of funding: $2500. Period of funding: Summer, 1996.

Columbia University President’s Fellowship for graduate study. Amount of funding: $11,000, plus tuition remission. Period of funding: 1995-96.

UCLA Graduate Fellowship for doctoral study in Slavic linguistics. Amount of funding: $11,000, plus tuition remission. Period of funding: 1994-95 (declined).


At Concordia University:

Graduate and Upper-Division Undergraduate Seminars

_Fall, 2006 Philosophy of Biology

_Fall, 2005 Spinoza (co-taught with Professor Matthias Fritsch)

_Winter, 2005 Honours Metaphysics: Matter, Force, and Motion in the Seventeenth Century

_Fall, 2004 Aristotle on Generation

300-level Undergraduate Courses

_Winter, 2007 Aesthetics: Philosophy of Film

_Fall, 2003, 2005 History of Modern Philosophy I: Rationalism

_Winter, 2004, 2005, 2006 History of Modern Philosophy II: Empiricism

200-level Undergraduate Courses

_Winter, 2004, 2005 Aristotle and Hellenistic Philosophy

MA thesis supervision

  1. Zoli Filotas, “Biology and Sexual Ethics in Plato and Aristotle (2005-06, in process)

MA thesis examination

1. Sean Gardner, “Nietzsche contra Aristotle: A Study of Megalopsychia” (July 20, 2004)

2. Matthew Martinuk, “Eriugena and the Re-enchantment of Nature” (May 27, 2004)

3. Timothy Bronstetter, “On Wittgenstein, Meaning, and Methodology” (August 29, 2003).

Tutorials Directed at Concordia University

1. Small-group tutorial (five students), “Philosophy of Biology: The Species Problem” (Winter, 2006)

2. Rafael Najera, “Spinoza and Hegel” (Summer, 2004)

3. Ami-Joseph Brosseau, “The Common Origins of Modern Political Economy and Evolutionary Biology” (Spring, 2004)

4. Tanis Danielson, “Augustine’s Neoplatonism” (Spring, 2004).

Teaching at other institutions

Graduate and Upper Division Undergraduate Seminars

_Fall, 2004, McGill University, Christianity, Judaism, and Platonism in Ancient Alexandria (co-taught with Professor Carlos Fraenkel; cross-listed with Philosophy and Jewish Studies)

_Spring, 2003, Bogaziçi University, Philosophy of Biology (cross-listed with Philosophy and the interdepartmental Cognitive Science Program)

_Fall, 2002, Miami University, Topics in Early Modern Philosophy: Leibniz

_Fall, 2001, Miami University, God and World in the Christian and Platonic Traditions (cross-listed with Philosophy and Comparative Religion)

_Spring, 2001, Miami University, Metaphysics: The Concept of Substance

Intermediate Courses

_Spring, 2003, Bogaziçi University, History of Modern Philosophy II: From Kant to Nietzsche

_Summer, 2002, Special Summer Workshop in Conjunction with the Technische

Universität Berlin, German Philosophy Before the Critical Turn

_Spring, 2001, 2002, Miami University, History of Modern Philosophy

_Fall, 2000, 2001, 2002, Miami University, History of Ancient Philosophy

Introductory Courses

_Spring, Fall, 2002, Miami University, Purpose or Chance in the Universe: The Evolution-Creation Controversy

_Fall, 2000, Miami University, Society and the Individual

_Summer, 2000, Columbia University, Existentialism

_Spring, 2000, Barnard College, Truth, Value, and Knowledge

_Spring, 2000, Barnard College, Morality, Self, and Society

_Fall, 1999, Columbia University, Philosophy of Religion

_Fall, 1998, Columbia University, Philosophical Classics

_Spring, 1997, Columbia University, Introduction to Symbolic Logic (Teaching Assistant to Professor Achille Varzi)

Ph.D. Thesis Examination

1. Vincent Camarda, Université de Montréal, “Leibniz dans le débat sur les natures plastiques” (Fall, 2005)

2. Jacques Billette, Université de Montréal, “Leibniz et le principe d’inertie” (Fall, 2005)

3. James Lamborn, Department of History, Miami University, “Blessed Assurance?: Depraved Saints and the Limits of Knowledge in New England, 1630-1830” (Spring, 2002)

MA Thesis Supervision

1. Karen Burke, Miami University (April, 2003)

MA Thesis Examination

1. Michael Sigrist, Miami University (May, 2001)

2. Bethany Dunn, Miami University (May, 2001)

3. Marcus Battle, Miami University (May, 2001)

4. Ethan Kosmider, Miami University (October, 2001)


Departmental Service at Concordia University

1. Undergraduate Program Director, Fall, 2004-2007.

2. Undergraduate Studies Committee, Fall, 2003-2007.

3. Graduate Studies Committee, Fall, 2003-Fall, 2004.

4. Chair of Hiring Committees, Limited Term Appointments in Philosophy of Mind and Continental Philosophy, Winter, 2007.

5. Member of Hiring Committee in Kant and German Idealism, Fall, 2006.

6. Chair of Hiring Committee in Ancient Philosophy, Winter, 2005.

7. Member of Hiring Committee in Analytic Philosophy, Winter, 2004.

8. Member of Chair Search Committee, Department of Philosophy, Fall, 2006.

9. Member of Chair Search Committee, Department of Philosophy, Fall, 2004.

Departmental Service at Miami University

1. Founder and Director, Miami University Berlin Summer Philosophy Workshop, in conjunction with the Technische Universität Berlin, first run Summer, 2002, and now under the direction of other Miami faculty members.

2. Director, Miami University Philosophy Department Colloquium Series, 2001-02.

3. Miami University Philosophy Department Library Liaison, 2001-02.

4. Faculty Advisor, Student Philosophy Club of Miami University, 2000-02.

5. Faculty advisor, Miami University Student Association of Atheists and Agnostics, 2001-2002.

Service to the Academic Community

1. Responsable des congrès et colloques de la Société de Philosophie du Québec, 2005-07.

2. Co-director of the Southeast European Seminar in the History of Early Modern Philosophy, at Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, in August, 2005.

3. Founder and Director of the Montreal Interuniversity Workshop in the History of Philosophy and Science, Fall, 2004—present.

4. Co-Director, with François Duchesneau and Catherine Wilson, of the International Conference on Leibniz’s Nouveaux Essais, Université de Montréal, October, 2004.

5. Grant Committee Member, FQRSC, MA Student Competition, 2004-05 and 2005-06.

6. Grant Application Referee, SSHRC, standard research grant competition, 2005-06.

7. Scientific Board Member, Société de Philosophie du Québec, 2004-2005.

8. Organizer of Fall, 2001, meeting of the Midwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, Miami University, October 27-28, 2001.


1. University of Chicago Press.

2. Cornell University Press.

3. Perspectives on Science.

4. The Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies.

5. Dialogue: La revue canadienne de philosophie.

6. Philosophiques.

7. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science.




Vlad Alexandrescu, University of Bucharest

Robert Arnăutu, New Europe College

Cătălin Avramescu, University of Bucharest

Sorana Corneanu, University of Bucharest

Sorin Costreie, University of Bucharest

Mihnea Dobre, University of Bucharest

Dana Jalobeanu, University of Bucharest

Cristian Moisuc, University \”Alexandru Ioan Cuza\”, Iași

Horia-Roman Patapievici, Romanian Institute for Culture

Lucian Petrescu, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Călin Cristian Pop, New Europe College

Tinca Prunea, New Europe College

Liviu Stroia, FME, University of Bucharest

Bogdan Tătaru-Cazaban, Ambassador of Romania to the Holy See


Grigore Vida, University of Bucharest


Roger Ariew, University of South Florida

Jean-Robert Armogathe, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris

Giulia Belgioioso, Università del Salento

Michel Blay, CNRS, Paris

Gérard Ferreyrolles, Université Paris IV

Daniel Garber, Princeton University

Denis Kambouchner, Université Paris I

Jean Mesnard, Institut de France

Anca Oroveanu, University of Fine Arts/New Europe College, Bucharest

Ioan Pânzaru, University of Bucharest

Ilie Pârvu, University of Bucharest

Anca Vasiliu, CNRS, Paris


Raluca Alexandrescu, University of Bucharest

Virgil Ciomoş, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca

Eugen Ciurtin, Romanian Association for the History of Religions

Mihaela Irimia, University of Bucharest

Gabriel Mihăilescu, University of Bucharest

Ioan-Lucian Muntean, University of Leeds

Mihai-Vlad Niculescu, Bradley University

Cristian Preda, University of Bucharest

Adina Ruiu, Université de Montréal

Justin E. H. Smith, Concordia University, Montreal


Bucharest-Princeton Seminar 2009


9th edition

25th-31st of July, 2009, Bran, Transylvania

The Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy is an international annual meeting of scholars interested in various aspects of early modern thought. The aim of the seminar is to create a stimulating environment for discussing papers and ideas. Traditionally, the seminar has two components: morning reading groups and afternoon discussions of work-in-progress.
This year, the topic for the morning sessions will be Spinoza’s Tractatus theologico-politicus. In addition to this we are inviting papers on all aspects of early modern philosophy/early modern science. The languages of the seminar are English and French.
Invited speakers include: Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Roger Ariew (University of South Florida), Ed Curley (University of Michigan), Frédéric de Buzon (Université Marc Bloch de Strasbourg), Pina Totero (Rome) and Alan Gabbey (Barnard College/Columbia University). Others may be added later.
The Seminar will take place in Bran, a small resort near Brasov, in Transylvania. It will be hosted in a small, friendly Bed and Breakfast (single or double rooms). The participation fee is 120 euros for faculty and 60 euros for students (covering accomodation with breakfast and some of the meals).
To apply, please send a CV and a 1 page abstract by May 15 to Dana Jalobeanu, dana.jalobeanu [at], and Vlad Alexandrescu, valexandrescu [at]
A limited number of “grants” are available for students to cover the costs of the participation fee and transportation from Bucharest to Bran (to apply for a grant, please send a CV, a 1 page description of your research project and a letter of support/recommendation to the same email adresses as above).

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