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Recent Berkeley Conferences and Events

7 January 2016, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division Meeting, IBS Session, Washington, DC

Melissa Frankel (Carlton University, Canada): "Descartes and Berkeley on Sensory Perception"; response: Genevieve Migely (Cornell College, Iowa)
Nathan Sheff (University of Connecticut): "Berkeley's Dilemma for Temporal Absolutists"; response: Eric Schliesser (University of Ghent)

December 28, 2014, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Philadelphia, PA, IBS Session

Stephen H. Daniel (Texas A&M): "Berkeley and Descartes on How Perception Is Active"; response: Thomas Lennon (Western Ontario)
Geoffrey Gorham (Macalester College): "Locke and Berkeley on Time and Succession"; response: Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers)

April 4-6, 2014, International Berkeley Conference: The Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Organized by Peter Larsen, Aisling Crean, and Stefan Storrie, the conference included a tour of Marsh's Library and a reception at the Royal Irish Academy, and featured the following presentations:

Kenneth Pearce (Southern California): "Matter, God, and Nonsense: Berkeley's Polemic Against the Freethinkers in the Three Dialogues"
Sukjae Lee (Seoul National): "Berkeley's Occasionalism in the Dialogues"
David Wilkins (Trinity College Dublin): "Berkeley, the Minute Mathematician"
David Berman (Trinity College Dublin): "Irish Philosophy: Past and Present"
Lisa Downing (Ohio State): "Ideas and Sensible Qualities: The Structure of Idealism in the Principles vs. the Dialogues"
Keota Fields (Massachusetts, Dartmouth): "Berkeley on Idealism, Meaning and the Naturalistic Fallacy"
Jennifer Marušić (Brandeis): "Berkeley on Sensations as Acts of Mind and the Passivity of Perception"
James Levine (Trinity College Dublin): "Prior vs. Williams on the Master Argument"
Tom Stoneham (York): "Refractions, Reflections and Dreams"
James Hill (Charles U Prague): "'I do not perceive it as I perceive a triangle, a colour, or a sound': Knowledge of the Self in the Three Dialogues"
Stephen Daniel (Texas A&M): "Berkeley on God's Knowledge of Pain"
John Russell Roberts (Florida State): "A Platonic Solution to a Puzzle in the Three Dialogues"

December 28, 2013, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Baltimore, MD, IBS Session

Stefan Storrie (Trinity College Dublin): "Berkeley and Shaftesbury on Moral Motivation"; response: Adam Grzeliński (Nicolaus Copernicus)
Don Garrett (New York U): "Extended Ideas in Berkeley and Hume"; response: Don Baxter (Connecticut)

August 19-22, 2013, International Berkeley Conference: The 300th Anniversary of the Publication of Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous, Collegium Maius, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Organized by Bertil Belfrage and Milowit Kuniński, the conference featured the following presentations:

Wolfgang Breidert (Karlsruhe): "Immaterialism and Illusionism: Berkeley in Poetry--A Continuation"
Bertil Belfrage (Lund): "Berkeley's Three Dialogues in the Context of His Works 1709-1733"
Mykolas Drunga (Vytautas Magnus, Lithuania): "Is 'The Fiction of Our Brain' Just 'A False Imaginary Glare'?"
Adam Grzeliński (Nicolaus Copernicus): "Berkeley's Immediate Perception and the Theory of Minima Sensibilia"
Milowit Kuniński (Jagiellonian, Kraków): "Is the Passivity of Perception the Proper Justification of Berkeley's Immaterialism?"
Richard Brook (Bloomsburg, PA): "Berkeley and the Primary Qualities: Idealization vs. Abstraction"
Dale Jacquette (Bern): "Berkeley's Carriage Argument"
Georges Dicker (SUNY Brockport): "Reply to my Critics"
Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers): "Berkeley on the Autonomous Epistemic Authority of Immediate Present Perception"
Keota Fields (Massachusetts, Dartmouth): "Berkeley's Master Argument Reconsidered"
George Pappas (Ohio State): "Berkeley's Immaterialism and Competitive Advantage"
Przemysław Spryszak (Jagiellonian, Kraków): "Berkeley on Certainty: A Dilemma"
Bartosz Żukowski (Lodz): "The Alleged Realism of Berkeley's Philosophy"
Stephen Daniel (Texas A&M): "Berkeley and Locke on Substance and Personal Identity"
Daniel Flage (James Madison): "On Knowing Berkeley's Minds"
James Hill (Prague): "The Notion of Spirit in Berkeley's Three Dialogues"
Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): "Berkeley's Rejection of the Bundle Theory of the Self"
Arnaud Pelletier (Catholic U, Leuven): "Berkeley's Notion of the Possible in the Three Dialogues"
Kenneth L. Pearce (Southern California): "How Berkeley's Gardener Knows His Cherry Tree"
Anna Tomaszewska (Jagiellonian, Kraków): "Berkeley and McDowell on Perceptual Experience"
Piotr Szałek (Catholic U, Lublin, Poland): "Berkeley's Pragmatism"
Marta Szymańska-Lewoszewska (Jagiellonian, Kraków): "The Nature of Berkeley's Propositions on Morality in 1713"
Roomet Jakapi (Tartu): "On the Creation of Plants in a Desert"
Timothy Quandt (California State, Fullerton): "Making (Non) Sense of Future Rewards? Berkeley's Criterion of Meaning in the Second Dialogue Between Hylas and Philonous"

The conference ended with a tour of the University Museum and a reception in the Stuba Communis.

February 21, 2013, American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Chicago, IL, IBS Session: Authors Reply to Critics, A Roundtable

John R. Roberts (Florida State University): “Berkeley's Mental Realism”
Marc Hight (Hampden-Sydney College): “Why Ideas Have an Ontological (and not Merely Epistemic) Status”
Stephen H. Daniel (Texas A&M University): “How Berkeley Redefines Substance”
Keota Fields (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth): “Berkeley’s Metaphysics of Perception”
Scott C. Breuninger (University of South Dakota): “Berkeley and the Irish Enlightenment: How ‘Irish’ are ‘We Irish’?”
Georges Dicker (SUNY College, Brockport): “Perceptual Relativity and Idealism in Berkeley”

December 28, 2012, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Atlanta, GA, IBS Session: Berkeley's Master Argument

Keota Fields (University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth): “Berkeley’s Master Argument Revisited”
John Grey (Boston University): ““Representation and Intentionality in Berkeley’s Master Argument”

June 1-4, 2012, Moral and Social Philosophy/La philosophie morale et sociale de Berkeley, Université de Sherbrooke (Campus Longueuil), Longueuil, Québec

Organized by Bertil Belfrage, Sébastien Charles, and David Raynor, the conference featured the following presentations:

Bertil Belfrage (Lund, Sweden): "George Berkeley's Fundamentalism: A Passing Phase in His Moral Philosophy (1707-1712)"
Sébastien Charles (Sherbrooke): "De Pascal à Locke: la reprise berkeleyenne des enjeux philosophiques concernant la tolérance religieuse et civile"
Milowit Kuninski (Jagiellonian U, Cracow): "The Old and the New in Berkeley's Passive Obedience"
Scott Breuninger (South Dakota): "Improving the 'Health of the Nation': Berkeley, Virtue, and Ireland"
Heta Gylling (Helsinki): "Berkeley: A Worldly Philosopher"
Richard J. Van Iten (Iowa St): "Berkeley's Pragmatic Bent and its Bearing on his Social Philosophy"
Luc Peterschmitt (Paris Ouest Nanterre): "Une philosophie pour quoi faire? Berkeley face au scepticisme et à l'irréligion"
Ahmed Mellah (U Sénia Oran, Algérie): "La réforme morale et sociale de Berkeley"
Pascal Taranto (Nantes): "Vérité et utilité dans la pensée morale de Berkeley"
Jérémy Girard (Nantes): "La bonne société d'après Berkeley: entre éducation religieuse et coutume raisonnable"
Timo Airaksinen (Helsinki): "Berkeley and Human Freedom"
Daniel Flage (James Madison): "Ethics in Alciphron"
Adam Grzelinski (Nicolaus Copernicus U, Torun, Poland): "Berkeley's Understanding of Beauty and His Polemic with Shaftesbury"
Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): "Berkeley's Eudaemonistic Ethics: the Case of Sociability"
Hugh Hunter (Toronto): "Berkeley on Doing Good and Meaning Well"
Stephen Daniel (Texas A&M): "Berkeley and Hobbes: The Acceptance of the Political/Linguistic Self"
Melissa Frankel (Carlton): "Morality, Idealism, and the Possibility of Sin"
Marta Szymanska-Lewoszewska (Jagiellonian U, Cracow): "The Meaning of Berkeley's Request for mundum contemplandum, & imitandum in Human Acting in the Moral World"
Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton C, MA): "Berkeley and The Ladies Library"
Marc Hight (Hampden Sydney): "Berkeley on Economic Bubbles"
Artem Besedin (Lomonosov Moscow State): "The Principles of Berkeley's Early Social Philosophy"

The conference ended with a summary of the French presentations by Sébastien Charles and a summary of the English presentations by Steve Daniel.

February 18, 2012, American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Chicago, IL, IBS Session

Katia Saporiti (University of Zurich): “Berkeley's Concept of Time”
David Raynor (University of Ottawa): “Berkeley's Reticence about Divine Archetypes”

December 28, 2011, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Washington, DC, IBS Session

Hugh Hunter (University of Toronto): “Berkeley and the Price of Tulips”
Kenneth L. Pearce (Southern California): “Divine Language, Unperceived Objects, and Berkeley's Response to Skepticism”
Luc Peterschmitt (University of Lille III): “Berkeley and Chemistry in the Siris: The Rebuilding of a Non-Existent Theory”

June 22-24, 2011, Conference on Berkeley's Theory of Mind, Perception, and Knowledge, University of Zürich, Switzerland

Organized by Katia Saporiti, the conference featured the following presentations:

Margaret Atherton (Wisconsin/Milwaukee): "Spirits and Substances"
Wolfgang Breidert (Karlsruhe): "Berkeley and problems of memory"
Georges Dicker (SUNY Brockport): "Reflections on Berkeley’s Theory of Mind"
Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): "Berkeley's conception of self-knowledge"
Stephen Daniel (Texas A&M): "Berkeley and Arnauld on Ideas"
Luc Peterschmitt (Lille): "Berkeley and Natural Philosophy: From Bacon to Newton"
Bertil Belfrage (Lund, Sweden): "Thomas Reid‘s Theology of Perception and George Berkeley‘s Science of Vision"
Kenneth L. Pearce (Southern California): "Berkeley's Lockean Religious Epistemology"
Keota Fields (Massachusetts/Dartmouth): "Causal Adequacy and Berkeley’s Proof of God"
Tom Stoneham (York): "Abstraction, Universals and Universal Knowledge"
Piotr Szalek (Lublin, Poland): "On the Berkeleian Anti-Sceptical Strategy"
Matthew Holtzman (Washington College, Maryland): "On Certainty in Common Sense in Berkeley’s Notebooks"
George Pappas (Ohio State): "Knowledge of the Nature of Objects"
David Raynor (Ottawa): "Mind-Independence and Objectivity"
Samuel Rickless (U. California, San Diego): "Berkeley on the Perception of Sensible Objects"
Richard Glauser (Neuchâtel): "Immediate and mediate perception of physical objects in Berkeley: An Opinionated Update"
Robert Schwartz (Wisconsin, Milwaukee): "Berkeley on Veridicality, Illusions and Reality"
Richard Brook (Bloomsburg PA):"Knowledge, Pain, and Perception: Reflections on Three Dialogues I"

28th December 2010, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Boston, MA, IBS Session

Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton College, MA): “The Empty Amusement of Seeing: Berkeley on Causation and Explanation”
Richard Brook (Bloomsberg University): “Berkeley and the Causality of Ideas: Another Look at Principles 25”

September 24-26, 2010, Conference on Berkeley's Theory of Mind, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

Organized by Benjamin Hill and Corey Dyck, the conference was held at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the publication of Berkeley’s Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710), the IBS-sponsored event included scholars from Europe and North America. The schedule included the following presentations:

Genevieve Migely (Cornell College): “Expanding the Notion of ‘Activity’ in Berkeley’s Philosophy of Mind”
John Roberts (Florida State University): “Activity, Immaterialism, and Berkeley’s Platonism”
Commentator: Marc Hight (Hampden-Sydney College)
Michael Borgida (University of Western Ontario): “Beyond our Grasp – Distance in Berkeley’s Philosophy”
No commentator.
Walter Ott (Virginia Tech University): “Berkeley’s Representational Internalism”
Ville Paukkonen (University of Helsinki): “Berkeley on the Intentionality of Notions”
Commentator: Melissa Frankel (Carlton University)
Daniel Flage (James Madison University): “Relations, Necessary Connection, and Berkeley’s Idealism”
Talia Bettcher (California State University, Los Angeles): “The Ontology of Perception in Berkeley’s Philosophy”
Commentator: Tom Stoneham (University of York, UK)
Margaret Atherton (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee): “Berkeley’s Concept of Spiritual Substance”
Todd Ryan (Trinity College, Connecticut): “Berkeley on the Nature of the Soul”
Commentator: Phillip Cummins (University of Iowa)
Michael Istvan (Texas A&M University): “The Link Between Berkeley’s Refutation of Abstraction and His Refutation of Materialism”
Patrick Clipsham (University of Western Ontario): “Berkeley’s Methodology: The Master Argument as a Mental Exercise”
No commentator.
Stephen H. Daniel (Texas A&M University): “Berkeley’s 'Occasionalism': Finite Causality and Divine Volition”
Benjamin Hill (University of Western Ontario): “Berkeley’s Perceiving God: A Dilemma”
Commentator: Karolina Huebner (University of Toronto)
Hugh Hunter (University of Toronto): “Why Berkeley’s Minds Are Free”
Rodney Parker (University of Western Ontario): “Berkeley’s Non-sensical Ideas or What I Can Remember about Them”

6th-9th April 2010, International Berkeley Conference, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Organized by Richard Glauser, the conference was held at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the publication of Berkeley’s Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710), the IBS-sponsored event included scholars from Europe, North America, and Japan who, in addition to exchanging ideas about Berkeley’s thought, enjoyed a reception at Palais du Peyrou and a conference dinner. A meeting of the International Berkeley Society was also held at the conference. The schedule included the following presentations:

Timo Airaksinen (Helsinki): "Visual Language: A Kantian Analysis"
Laura Berchielli (Clermont-Ferrand): "Berkeley on Language in the New Theory of Vision and the Principles"
Margaret Atherton (Wisconsin/Milwaukee): "The Nature of Berkeleianism: Lessons Learned from PHK 1-33"
Samuel Rickless (U. California, San Diego): "The Relation between Anti-Abstractionism and Idealism in Berkeley's Metaphysics"
Keota Fields (Massachusetts/Dartmouth): "Transcendental Arguments in Berkeley's Immaterialism"
Georges Dicker (SUNY Brockport): "Berkeley's Challenge"
Martha Bolton (Rutgers): " 'The Most Abstract and Incomprehensible Idea of All': Berkeley on Existence"
Katia Saporiti (Zurich): "A Bet with High Stakes: Reflections on Berkeley's Master Argument"
Stephen Daniel (Texas A&M): "Berkeley's Appropriation of Bayle's Constitutive Skepticism"
Geneviève Brykman (Paris-X Nanterre): "Berkeley et le scepticisme pyrrhonien"
Marc Hight (Hampden-Sydney College, USA): “Imaging, Imagining, and Conceiving: Untangling Berkeley on Perception”
George Pappas (Ohio State): "Berkeley and Epistemic Fallibilism"
Daniel Schulthess (Neuchâtel): "Berkeleyan Ideas and Profiles: An Inquiry on Perspective"
Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): "Berkeley's Likeness Principle"
Dominique Berlioz (Rennes-I): "Percipere and Concipere: Berkeley's Way to Abstraction and Knowledge"
James Hill (Prague): "Berkeley's Notions: A Third Way between Empiricism and Innatism"
Laurent Jaffro (Paris-I Sorbonne): "Berkeley on Assent and the 'Belief of Matter'"
Petr Glombicek (Prague): "Berkeley's Notion of Common Sense"
Silvia Parigi (Gaeta): "Berkeley and Boyle: Qualitative Corpuscularianism and the Laws of Nature"
Luc Peterschmitt (Lille): "Berkeley's Implicit Corpuscularianism in the Principles of Human Knowledge"
Claire Schwartz (Aix-Marseille): "A New Scientific Methodology? Metaphysical Principles and Physical Laws in De Motu"
Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton Coll, Massachusetts): "The Empty Amusement of Seeing: Berkeley on Causation and Explanation"
Reed Winegar (Pennsylvania): "Berkeley's Escape from the Labyrinth"
Richard Brook (Bloomsburg PA):"Berkeley and the Passivity of Ideas: A Look Again at PHK 25 and 26"
Marc Hight (Hampden-Sydney VA): "The Myth of Privacy"
Richard Glauser (Neuchâtel): "Revisiting Berkeley on the Sameness of What We Perceive"
Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere): "Ideas Are Ideas: Of the Ontological Status of Berkeley's Ideas"
Bertil Belfrage (Lund, Sweden): "Berkeley's Psychological Concept of Thinking Substance 1710"
Talia Mae Bettcher (California State, Los Angeles): "Berkeley's Positive Notion of Substance"
Sébastien Charles (Sherbrooke, Québec): "Activité et passivité de l'esprit selon Berkeley"
Tom Stoneham (York): "Agency and Blind Agents"
Heta Gylling (Helsinki): "Prudentiality, Expediency and Afterlife"
Timothy Quandt (Fullerton CA): "Berkeley's Immaterialism and the Evidential Problem of Evil"
Wolfgang Breidert (Karlsruhe): "God's Role in Berkeley's Philosophy"

28th December 2008, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, New York, NY, IBS Session: The 300th Anniversary of the Publication of the New Theory of Vision

Kenneth Winkler (Yale University): “The First Person in Vision”
Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers University): “Is the Doctrine of a Visual Language Integral to Berkeley’s Theory of Vision?”

17th-20th August 2009, International Berkeley Conference, Karlsruhe, Germany

Organized by Bertil Belfrage, Wolfgang Breidert, and Marlene Breidert, the conference was held at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the publication of Berkeley’s Essay towards A New Theory of Vision (1709), the IBS-sponsored event included scholars from Europe and North America who, in addition to exchanging ideas about Berkeley’s thought, enjoyed a walking tour of Karlsruhe, a bus tour of Heidelberg, and receptions at the end of each day. The schedule included:

Bertil Belfrage (Lund, Sweden): “A Paradigm Shift in George Berkeley’s Philosophy 1708-1709”
Richard Brook (Bloomsburg State College, USA): “Is Geometry about Tangible Extension?”
Wolfgang Breidert (University of Karlsruhe, Germany): “On Motion and Alteration in Berkeley’s Theory of Vision
Orla Slattery (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland): “Inseparability and Heterogeneity: Berkeley’s Theory of Vision considered as an Exercise in Epistemological De-Constructivism”
James Van Cleve (University of Southern California): “Reid versus Berkeley on Three Puzzles of Vision”
Jörgen Huggler (University of Aarhus, Denmark): “The Reception of Berkeley’s Theory of Vision in Danish Psychology in the 20th Century: E. Rubin & E. Tranekjaer Rasmussen”
Ville Paukkonen (University of Helsinki, Finland): “Berkeley on Judgments Connecting Ideas of Sight and Touch”
Timo Airaksinen (University of Helsinki, Finland): “Two Types of Meaning in Berkeley’s Theory of Vision
Geneviève Brykman (University of Paris X, France): “Short-sightedness and Long-sightedness in Berkeley”
Georges Dicker (SUNY, Brockport, USA): “ ‘An Idea Can Be Like Nothing But An Idea’: Another Try”
Marc Hight (Hampden-Sydney College, USA): “Imaging, Imagining, and Conceiving: Untangling Berkeley on Perception”
Mykolas Drunga (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania): “Berkeley: Idealist or Phenomenalist?”
Sébastien Charles (Université de Sherbrooke, Canada): “Berkeley on Imagination”
George Pappas (Ohio State University, USA): “Berkeley’s Positive Epistemology”
Laura Benítez Grobet (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México): “The Critical Revision of the Structure of Scientific Knowledge in G. Berkeley and R. Boyle”
Luc Peterschmitt (CNRS-Université Lille 3, France): “Berkeley’s Method in the Theory of Vision: Observations, Experiments, Thought Experiments”
José Robles (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México): “Natural Philosophy and Religion: The Cases of Boyle, Newton and Berkeley”
Tom Stoneham (University of York, England): “The Argument from Mirrors”
Katia Saporiti (Universität Zürich, Switzerland): “Berkeley on Perception, Space and Time”
Marta Szymañska (Jagiellonian University, Poland): “Did the Theory of Vision Influence Berkeley’s Social Ethics?”
Tom Jones (University of St Andrews, Scotland): “Berkeley and the Value of the Arts”
Andrea Wilke (University of Bonn, Germany): “George Berkeley as Predecessor of a Philosophy of Style?”
Eric Schliesser (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands): “Education in the Cave: Berkeley’s Platonizing Response to Newton’s Challenges”
Stephen H. Daniel (Texas A & M University, USA): “Berkeley and Spinoza ”
Stephen H. Daniel (President, International Berkeley Society): “The Significance of the Karlsruhe Conference: Highlights, Prospects”

19th February 2009, American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Chicago, IBS Session

Peter Baumann (Aberdeen University): "Molyneux's Question and the Berkeleian Answer"
Commentator: Robert Schwartz (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee)
Keota Fields (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth): "The Role of Predication in Berkeley's Immaterialism"
Commentator: Larry Nolan (California State University–Long Beach)

28th December 2008, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Philadelphia, PA, IBS Session: "Authors Meet Critics: Recent Books on Berkeley"

Daniel Flage (James Madison University) on Talia Bettcher’s Berkeley’s Philosophy of Spirit
Response: Talia Bettcher (California State University, Los Angeles)
Walter Ott (Virginia Tech University) on John Roberts’ A Metaphysics for the Mob: The Philosophy of George Berkeley
Response: John Roberts (University of Florida)

26th-28th June 2008, International Berkeley Conference, Newport, Rhode Island

Redwood Library

Organized by Steve Daniel,Maureen Lapan, Nancy Kendrick, Nancy Bredbeck, Joanne Dunlap, and Vince Arnold, the conference was held at the historic Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport. Highlights included a presentation by Sean Berkeley (a descendant of George Berkeley) on John Smibert's portrait of Berkeley, a demonstration by Cynthia Grund (University of Southern Denmark) on how to visit Berkeley's home in Newport (Whitehall) online in Second Life,” a walking tour of Newport and Trinity Church (where Berkeley preached) guided by John Hattendorf (Naval War College), and a bus tour of Berkeley-related sites outside Newport (led by Maureen Lapan) that ended with a dinner at Whitehall. The program included:

Bertil Belfrage, Bodafors, Sweden: “The Distorted Berkeley: Consequences of a Biased Edition”
Seth Bordner, University of North Carolina: “Berkeley’s ‘Defense’ of ‘Commonsense’”
Wolfgang Breidert, University of Karlsruhe: “Knowledge of Existence and Non-Existence”
Tom Lennon, University of Western Ontario: “Heterogeneity”
Samuel Rickless, University of California, San Diego: “Berkeley’s Master Argument”
Ville Paukkonnen, University of Helsinki: Hylas’ Parity Argument
Melissa Frankel, Harvard University: “Something-We-Know-Not-What, Something-We-Know-Not-Why: Berkeley, Meaning, and Explanation”
James Van Cleve, University of Southern California: “Berkeley vs. Reid on Three Puzzles of Vision”
Stephen H. Daniel, Texas A&M University: “Berkeley on the Essential Link Between Mind and the Language of Nature”
Alan Nelson, University of North Carolina: “Berkeley on Simple Ideas”
Nancy Kendrick, Wheaton College (Massachusetts): “Berkeley’s Rejection of Existential Necessity”
John Roberts, Florida State University: “Berkeley’s God Must Perceive and He Must Be the Christian God”
Talia Mae Bettcher, California State University, Los Angeles: “Berkeley on Divine Foreknowledge”
Genevieve Migely, Cornell College (Iowa): “Moral Motivation in Berkeley’s Theory of Intentionality”
Georges Dicker, SUNY Brockport: “How Hylas Could Have Conquered Pain and Found Pleasure”
Caterina Menichelli, University of Macerata: “The Concept of Beauty in Berkeley’s Works”
Daniel Flage, James Madison University: “Was Berkeley an Ethical Egoist?”
Marta Szymanska, Jagiellonian University (Poland), “Berkeley’Project of Preventing the Ruin of Great Britain and the Concept of Happiness”
C. George Caffentzis, University of Southern Maine, “Locke, Berkeley, and Hume as Philosophers of Money”
Luc Peterschmitt, Univ. Charles-de-Gaulle, Lille III, “Can Berkeley Be an Instrumentalist? A Reappraisal of Berkeley’s Philosophy of Science”
Timo Airaksinen, University of Helsinki, “Light in Siris

17th April 2008, American Philosophical Association, Central Division, Chicago, IBS Session

Georges Dicker (SUNY College at Brockport), “Another Whack at Berkeley: A Critical Analysis of Principles 1-7”
Commentator: John Troyer (University of Connecticut)
Richard J. Brook (Bloomsburg University), “Berkeley, the Space of Our Lives and the Space of Physics
Commentator: Shoshanna Brassfield (Colgate University)

7th-8th March 2008, Edinburgh Philosophy Society: “Berkeley’s Ideas and Idealism”

Held at the University of Edinburgh, coordinated by Georgi Gardiner.

Alasdair Richmond (University of Edinburgh), “Into Space with Bishop Berkeley”
David Berman (Trinity College Dublin), “From Scepticism to Immaterialism and Descriptive Psychology, Then Back to Siris
Catherine Wilson (City University of New York), “Berkeley and the Corpuscularian Philosophy”
Tom Stoneham (York University), “Imagination and Representation in Berkeley and Collier”
Peter Baumann (University of Aberdeen), “Molyneux and Berkeley”

29th December 2007, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Baltimore, IBS Session

Samuel Rickless (University of California, San Diego), “Berkeley and Abstract Ideas”
Commentator: Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers University)
Sukjae Lee (Ohio State University), “Berkeley on the Activity of Spirits
Commentator: Jeff McDonough (Harvard University)

27th-29th September 2007, Gaeta, Italy, sponsored by the University of Cassino

gaeta beach

Organized by Silvia Parigi (, Antonio Clericuzio, and Eva Valeriani. Held at the Hotel Mirasole in the seaside resort of Gaeta (between Rome and Naples), the conference included opportunities for participants not only to exchange ideas at the sessions and nightly dinners but also to walk the beach and swim in the Gulf of Gaeta. On the final day of the conference, participants were also treated to a showing of the film on Berkeley, "The Dean of Thin Air." The program included:

Bertil Belfrage (Lund): “An Introduction to Berkeley’s Philosophy of Common Sense”
Daniele Bertini (Parma): “Berkeley, Theology, and Bible Scholarship”
Costica Bradatan (Texas Tech Univ.): “Berkeley and the Cathars”
Richard Brook (Bloomsburg Univ. of Pennsylvania): “Berkeley, the Space of Our Lives, and the Space of Physics”
Geneviève Brykman (Univ. of Paris, Nanterre): “Berkeley, Spinoza, and Radical Enlightenment”
George Caffentzis (Univ. of Southern Maine): “Algebraic Money: New Reflections on Berkeley’s Second Conceptual Revolution”
Sébastien Charles (Univ. of Sherbrooke): “L’animal selon Berkeley
Stephen Daniel (Texas A&M University): “How Berkeley’s Works Are Interpreted”
Antonino Drago (Univ. of Pisa/Univ. of Florence): “The Genius of Infinitesimal Analysis: Berkeley’s Critical Analysis and Its Generalization by Lazare Carnot”
Marc Hight (Hampden-Sydney College): “Berkeley’s Metaphysical Instrumentalism”
Roomet Jakapi (Univ. of Tartu): “Berkeley and the Separate State of the Soul”
Silvia Parigi (Univ. of Cassino): “Scire per causas vs. scire per signa: Berkeley and Scientific Explanation in Siris
Luc Peterschmitt (Lille III): “Berkeley and Chemistry in the Siris: the Rebuilding of a Non-Existent Theory”
Claire Schwartz (Neuchâtel): “Berkeley et la référence mathématique"

6th-9th August 2007, University of Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki University Organized by Timo Airaksinen (, Bertil Belfrage (, and Ville Paukkonen (, the conference was held at the historic main building of the University facing Senate Square. The night before the conference began, participants were treated to a bus tour of Helsinki. Other highlights of the conference week were a reception with the University rector, a wine and cheese party at the Irish consulate in Helsinki, and a banquet at a restaurant on the island fortress of Suomenlinna. The program included:

Timo Airaksinen (Univ. of Helsinki): Berkeley on Newton in Siris
Bertil Belfrage (Univ. of Lund): “ 'Ideas' in Section One of Berkeleys Principles 
Talia Bettcher (California State Univ. at Los Angeles): Abstraction: Berkeley against Locke
Martha Bolton (Rutgers Univ.): Berkeley on Perception, Judgment, Suggestion and Inference
Wolfgang Breidert (Univ. of Karlsruhe): Representation in Berkeley’s Philosophy of Mathematics
Richard Brook (Bloomsburg Univ. of Pennsylvania): Does Berkeley Need a Subconscious?
Geneviève Brykman (Univ. of Paris, Nanterre): Is Immaterialism a Roundabout Way to Faith?
George Caffentzis (Univ. of Southern Maine): Berkeley and Hume on Money, Notions, and Conventions
Stephen Daniel (Texas A&M Univ.): The Pervasiveness of Stoic Elements in Berkeley’s Thought
Georges Dicker: Another Whack at Berkeley: a Critical Analysis of Principles 1-7
Mykolas Drunga: Berkeley and the Time-Gap Argument
Dan Flage: Analysis in Berkeley’s New Theory of Vision
Jani Hakkarainen: Hume and Berkeley’s Repugnancy Argument against the Primary Secondary Qualities Distinction
Marc Hight: Of Brutes and Men: What the Nature of Beasts Can Tell Us about Berkeleys Conception of the Mind
Roomet Jakapi: Berkeley and the Disembodied Soul
George Pappas: Berkeley’s Treatment of Scepticism
Ville Paukkonen: Berkeley on Self-Knowledge
Luc Peterschmitt: The New Theory of Vision: Science or Metaphysics?
Howard Robinson: Two Berkelian Arguments about the Nature of Space
Tom Stoneham: Arthur Collier on Imagination and Inexistence
Kenneth Winkler: “ 'Marvellous Emptiness': Berkeley on Consciousness and Self-Consciousness

28th December 2006, American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Washington, D.C.: IBS Session: "Mind and Language in Berkeley"

Genevieve Migely (Cornell College, Iowa) “Berkeley’s Actively Passive Mind”
Commentator: Timo Airaksinen (University of Helsinki)
Seth Bordner (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), “Word and Object in Berkeley 
Commentator: Marc Hight (Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia)

5th-8th September 2005, University of Tartu, Estonia

Whitehall, Rhode Island (click for enlargement) Organized by Bertil Belfrage and Roomet Jakapi, the conference was held at the University of Tartu in Estonia. In addition to sessions devoted to discussing Berkeley's thought, the conference included a walking tour of Tartu, receptions, a banquet, and a trip to the historic city of Tallinn. The program included:

Bertil Belfrage, Bodafors, Sweden, “The Biased Presentation of Berkeley’s Works
Tom Jones, Saint Andrews, “Towards a New Biography of Berkeley”
ève Brykman, Paris X-Nanterre, “Evil and God’s Providence in Berkeley”
Roomet Jakapi, Tartu, “Passive Obedience and the Law of Nature”
Timo Airaksinen, Helsinki, “Berkeley’s Corpuscular Theories in Siris
Talia Bettcher, California State/Los Angeles, “Berkeley on the Privacy of Sensible Ideas”
Marc Hight, Hampden-Sydney, “Berkeley on Ideas, ‘Fleeting, indeed, and changeable’ ”
Jørgen Huggler, Copenhagen, “‘I refute it thus!’: An Account of Zinkernagel’s and Favrholdt’s Reception of Berkeley”
Margaret Atherton, Wisconsin/Milwaukee, “Berkeley and Locke on Real Knowledge”
Wolfgang Breidert, Karlsruhe, “Prejudice and Suggestion”
Robert Schwartz, Wisconsin/Milwaukee, “What Berkeley Sees in the Man Born Blind”
Michael Allers, Michigan, “A Worry About Divine Perception in Berkeley”
Stephen Daniel, Texas A&M, “The Berkeley-Leibniz Relation”
Charles McCracken, Michigan State (emeritus), “Leibniz and Berkeley on ‘Body’”
Laurent Jaffro, Blaise Pascal, “Ferrier’s Reading of Berkeley: A Reappraisal of Reidian Historiography”
Tom Stoneham, York, “Berkeley’s ‘Esse is Percipi’ and Collier’s ‘Simple’ Argument”
Georges Dicker, SUNY Brockport, “Anti-Berkeley”
Miles MacLeod, Utrecht, “The Formalist Interpretation of Berkeley’s Philosophy of Mathematics”
Richard Brook, Bloomsburg (emeritus), “Berkeley and Husserl on Geometrical Demonstrations”
Luc Peterschmitt, Lille III, “Berkeley and Natural Philosophy: The ‘Problem’ of Chemistry”

7th-9th November 2003, Irish Philosophical Society/Kilkenny Berkeley Society, Kilkenny, Ireland

“Celebrating Berkeley, Kilkenny’s World Philosopher” consisted of a series of talks and excursions in and around Kilkenny city and county. Events included slide shows on excavations at Dysart Castle (Berkeley’s boyhood home) and Berkeley's stay in the Rhode Island, two presentations on Berkeley’s philosophy, readings from his works at Saint John’s Church, a banquet, and trips to Dysart Castle and Dunmore Cave.

20th-23rd October 2003, University of Rennes, France

Organized by Dominique Berlioz and Bertil Belfrage and sponsored by the University of Rennes and the University of Nantes, the conference was held on the campus of the University of Rennes I to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Berkeley's death. In addition to a reception in the historic City Hall of Rennes, fine meals in local eateries, and a memorable banquet at one of the city’s finest seafood restaurants, the conference also included a day-trip to Mont St. Michel. The program included:

Timo Airaksinen, “The Enigma of Siris
Margaret Atherton, “‘The books are in the study as before’: Berkeley's Claims about Real Physical Objects”
Jean-Christophe Bardout, “Berkeley metaphysician”
Bertil Belfrage, “What Is There In Berkeley’s World ?”
Laura Berchielli, “The Molyneux Problem”
Dominique Berlioz, “Les idées sont-elles des tropes?”
Jean-Marie Beyssade, “Interdit et exception dans l’Obéissance passive
Wolfgang Breidert, “I see nothing but light and colours”
Richard J. Brook, “Berkeley on What We Immediately See”
Geneviève Brykman, “Existence et nature de la liberté chez Berkeley
Sébastien Charles, “Berkeley polémiste : de l’Essai au Discours”
Stephen Daniel, “The Limits of Berkeley’s Natural Philosophy”
Roselyne Degremont, “Libre-pensée et pensée libre”
Georges Dicker, “Berkeley on Immediate Perception: Once More unto the Breach”
Richard Glauser, “Le problème de l’identité intersubjective des objets”
Raymond W. Houghton and Maureen Lapan, “Berkeley in Rhode Island
Marc Hight, “Ideas, Archetypes and the Nature of the World”
Laurent Jaffro, “Berkeley on Education: ‘Wise Men of Antiquity’ and ‘Modern Ears’ in Alciphron
Roomet Jakapi, “Berkeley and the Future State of the Soul”
Robert Muehlmann, “Berkeley’s Strategy of Sophistical Demonstration”
George Pappas, “Berkeley and Locke”
David Raynor, “Kant and Berkeley’s Idealism”
Ralph Schumacher, “Berkeley on Misperception”
Robert Schwartz, “Heterogeneity and the Senses”
Kenneth Williford, “Berkeley’s Theory of Meaning in Alciphron VII

Rennes conference participants: back row, left to right: Ray Houghton, Georges Dicker, Steve Daniel, George Pappas, David Raynor, Luc Peterschmitt, Bertil Belfrage, Wolfgang Briedert, Richard Glauser, Roomet Jakapi. Middle row, left to right: Alvina Dicker, Laura Berchielli, Roselyne Le François (adjunct mayor of Rennes in charge of international affairs), Margaret Atherton, Dominique Berlioz, Genevieve Brykman, Marc Hight, Maureen Lapan, Susan Brook, Richard Brook, Marlene Briedert. Front row: Ken Williford, Sébastien Charles, Mark Kulstad, Ralph Schumacher, Robert Muehlmann, Robert Schwartz

3rd-5th April 2003, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
a&m academic bldg

Organized by Stephen Daniel, the conference was held on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Berkeley's death. Visitors had a chance to sample authentic Texas barbeque, and the conference banquet was held at the University Club overlooking the campus. The program included:

Timo Airaksinen (Univ. of Helsinki), “The Meaning and Interpretation of Berkeley’s Siris
Margaret Atherton (Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), “Berkeley on the Objects of Immediate Perception”
Michael Ayers (Wadham College, Oxford Univ.), “Berkeley, Ideas and Idealism”
Jeffrey Barnouw (Univ. of Texas), “Berkeley’s Place in the History of Sign-Theories of Visual Perception”
Bertil Belfrage (Bodafors, Sweden), “Berkeley’s Four Conceptions of the Self”
Talia Bettcher (California State Univ., Los Angeles), “Berkeley on Self-Consciousness”
Martha Bolton (Rutgers Univ.), “Berkeley and Representation”
Costica Bradatan (Univ. of Durham), “Platonism and Berkeley’s Early Philosophical Writings”
Wolfgang Breidert (Univ. of Karlsruhe), “Berkeley Poeticized”
Geneviève Brykman (Univ. of Paris X-Nanterre), “The Debate on Human Liberty in Berkeley=s Alciphron
Sébastien Charles (Univ. of Sherbrooke), “Berkeley and the Lumières: Misconception and Reconstruction
Phillip Cummins (Univ. of Iowa), “Perceiving and Berkeley’s Theory of Substance”
Stephen Daniel (Texas A&M Univ.), “Berkeley’s Stoic Notion of Mind”
Daniel Flage (James Madison Univ.), “Berkeley’s Epistemic Ontology: The Three Dialogues
Richard Glauser (Univ. of Neuchâtel), “The Problem of the Unity of a Physical Object in Berkeley
Marc Hight (Hampden-Sydney College), “Berkeley and The Single Idea Thesis: Why My Chair is Not a Congeries”
Laurent Jaffro (Univ. of Paris, Sorbonne), “Berkeley’s Criticism of Shaftesbury on Morality”
Roomet Jakapi (Univ. of Tartu, Estonia), “Christian Mysteries and Berkeley’s Alleged Non-Cognitivism”
Douglas Jesseph (North Carolina State Univ.), “Faith and Fluxions: Berkeley on Theology and Mathematics”
Charles McCracken (Michigan State Univ.), “Berkeley’s Realism”
Robert Muehlmann (Univ. of Western Ontario), “Strong and Weak Heterogeneity in Berkeley’s New Theory of Vision
George Pappas (Ohio State Univ.), “Berkeley’s Assessment of Locke’s Epistemology”
G.A.J. Rogers (Univ. of Keele), “How Lockean Are Berkeley’s Ideas?”
Ralph Schumacher (Humboldt Univ. of Berlin), “Berkeley on Visible Figure and Extension”
Ian Tipton (Univ. of Wales, Swansea), “Berkeley on the Meaning of ‘Exists’ ”

Texas A&M conference participants: fFront row left to right: George Pappas, Daniel Flage, Costica Bradatan, Stephen Daniel (seated), Ralph Schumacher, Roomet Jakapi, Laurent Jaffro, Sébastien Charles. Back row left to right: Martha Bolton, Ian Tipton, Richard Glauser, Timo Airaksinen, Phillip Cummins,  Robert Muehlmann, Douglas Jesseph, Margaret Atherton, Michael Ayers, Bertil Belfrage, Charles McCracken, Jeffrey Barnouw, Marc Hight, Talia Mae Bettcher, Geneviève Brykman, Wolfgang Breidert, John Rogers.

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