Institute for the History of Philosophy

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Philosophy is unique among liberal arts disciplines in that it understands its own history as part of its practice. The history of philosophy continues to inform philosophical thinking today.

The Emory Institute for the History of Philosophy was founded in 2006 to support the study of the history of philosophy at all levels: undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and professional. It welcomes all methods and approaches. As a place of interaction among the disciplines, the IHP hosts visiting scholars from institutions across the country and around the world.

Throughout the academic year, the IHP invites distinguished experts in different fields in the history of philosophy to give public lectures and conduct seminars and workshops for Emory students and faculty and public audiences. It also administers a summer seminar workshop for faculty from other universities and independent schoalrs. These seminars now result in many journal and book publications. In the future, the IHP hopes to establish several post-doctoral fellowships.

The IHP follows in a long tradition of strength in the history of philosophy at Emory, whose philosophy department grew to prominence under the leadership of Leroy E. Loemker (1904–85), the noted Leibniz scholar and educator, who helped found Emory’s graduate philosophy program more than fifty years ago. Today, almost all Emory's philosophy faculty specialize in some area of the history of philosophy and together we cover all of its canonical fields: ancient, medieval, Renaissance, early modern, modern, and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This makes the IHP, the only institute of its kind in the United States, a natural extension of the Emory Philosophy Department. Besides strengthening Emory’s graduate and undergraduate programs, the IHP also seeks to support and revitalize the study of the history of philosophy within, and beyond, the broader academic community.

Image: John Frederick Peto, Take Your Choice, detail, 1885. John Wilmerding Collection, image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Summer Workshops

Every summer, an Emory philosophy professor and a leading scholar from another institution co-direct an intensive seminar on an advanced topic in the history of philosophy. These workshops provide a forum for philosophical research and collaboration across departments and universities. Each seminar also establishes an alumni network of participants to facilitate the continued development of the seminar topic and issues. Here is a list of past, present, and future IHP summer workshops:

IHP 2018 Summer Seminar

Fichte and Romantic Literature

Emory University, JULY 16–26, 2018

2018 Poster

Andrew J. Mitchell (Emory University) &

Dalia Nassar (University of Sydney)

The Emory University Institute for the History of Philosophy (IHP) will host its ninth annual summer workshop on July 16–26, 2018, on the topic of Fichte and Romantic Literature.

    IHP Summer Workshops are designed to bring together a group of faculty scholars specializing in specific areas of the history of philosophy for seminars focused around a shared reading list. Ten participants and the co-directors meet in mornings and afternoons for two weeks of discussions based upon close readings. The workshop format eschews the delivery of conference-style papers in favor of open, group-based engagement. In so doing, the IHP seeks to foster the conversations that will inform future scholarly work. The IHP’s past workshops have focused on: Habituation and Human Development: Aristotle, Dewey, and Merleau-Ponty; Kant’s Political Thought; Aristotle and the Emotions; Renewing the Ancient Quarrel: Plato, Hegel, Adorno; Peirce, James, and the Origins of Pragmatism; Vico and the Humanist Tradition; Montaigne and the Origins of Modernity; Nietzsche and Heidegger on History; and Religion and Philosophy in Neoplatonism.

    This year’s workshop will address the influence of Fichte’s philosophy upon the work of Karoline von Günderrode, Novalis, and Friedrich Schlegel. Along with readings by Fichte, we will examine these authors’ critical commentaries on Fichte, as well as literary works from each shaped by Fichtean themes and concerns.

    The Institute is pleased to provide room, board, and travel expenses for all participants accepted into the workshop. Guests will be housed at the Marriott Courtyard Decatur hotel, in downtown Decatur, Georgia, a couple of miles from Emory’s campus. All hotel/campus transportation will be provided. Decatur is a vibrant town with several restaurants and bars, all within walking distance from the hotel. The hotel is also close to a MARTA stop, Atlanta’s public train service. Participants will thus have access to other parts of Atlanta, including the airport.

    To apply, scholars are asked to send a cover letter addressing the relevance of the topic and the authors to their current and/or future scholarly work, and a CV to Professor Mitchell at the email address below. The application deadline is April 16, 2018, with decisions announced April 30, 2018.

Andrew J. Mitchell
Department of Philosophy, Emory University
561 South Kilgo Circle
Atlanta, GA 30322 USA
andrew.j.mitchell@emory.edu
 
Dalia Nassar
Philosophy Department, University of Sydney
S402 Quadrangle (A14)
NSW 2006, Sydney, Australia
dalia.nassar@sydney.edu.au

IHP Summer Seminar 2017

IHP Summer Seminar 2016

Kant's Political Thought

June 5-17, 2016 Emory University Atlanta, GA

Co-Chairs: Dilek Huseyinzadegan (Emory) and Angelica Nuzzo (CUNY)

POSTER

IHP

 The Institute for the History of Philosophy (IHP ) will host its 8th annual summer workshop on June 5–17, 2016, on the topic of “Kant’s Political Thought.” IHP Summer Workshops are designed to bring together a group of faculty scholars specializing

in specific areas of the history of philosophy for seminars focused around a shared reading list. Ten participants and the co-directors meet in mornings and afternoons over the course of two four-day weeks for discussions based upon close readings.

The workshop format eschews the delivery of conference-style papers in favor of open, groupbased engagement. In so doing, the IHP seeks to foster conversations that will inform future scholarly work. The IHP ’s past workshops have focused

on figures and themes such as: Aristotle on the Emotions; Renewing the Ancient Quarrel: Plato, Hegel, Adorno; Peirce, James, and the Origins of Pragmatism; Vico and the Humanist Tradition; Montaigne and the Origins of Modernity; Nietzsche

and Heidegger on the Issue of History; and Religion and Philosophy in Neoplatonism. This year’s meeting will consider Kant’s political thought in relation to its contemporary implications and legacy. We will attempt to tease out the relationship

between Kant’s political philosophy and his writings on history, geography, and anthropology. A few texts by other authors will also supplement our discussions.

IHP Summer Seminar 2015

Aristotle on the Emotions

June 14-26, 2015 Emory University Atlanta, GA

The Emory University Institute for the History of Philosophy (IHP) will host its seventh annual summer workshop on June 14–26, 2015, on the topic of "Aristotle on the Emotions."

Organizers: Marta Jimenez and Christof Rapp (Ludwig Maximilians Universität Munich)
Location: Emory University, 214 Bowden Hall

 IHP Summer Workshops are designed to bring together a group of faculty scholars specializing in specific areas of the history of philosophy for seminars focused around a shared reading list. Ten participants and the co-directors meet in mornings and afternoons over the course of two four-day weeks for discussions based upon close readings. The workshop format eschews the delivery of conference-style papers in favor of open, group-based engagement. In so doing, the IHP seeks to foster conversations that will inform future scholarly work. The IHP's past workshops have focused on themes and figures such as: Renewing the Ancient Quarrel: Plato, Hegel, Adorno; Peirce, James, and the Origins of Pragmatism; Vico and the Humanist Tradition; Montaigne and the Origins of Modernity; Nietzsche and Heidegger on the Issue of History; and Religion and Philosophy in Neoplatonism.

This year's readings will focus on Aristotle's conception of emotions and their role in moral psychology, the body/soul relationship, ethics, politics, rhetoric and dialectic. Our central texts include selections from Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Eudemian Ethics, Rhetoric, and De Anima. A few other texts will supplement discussion.

The Institute is pleased to provide room, board, and travel expenses for all participants accepted into the workshop. Guests will be housed in The New Marriott Courtyard Decatur, in downtown Decatur, Georgia, a couple of miles from Emory's campus. Decatur is a vibrant town with several restaurants and bars, all within walking distance from the hotel. The hotel is also close to a MARTA stop, Atlanta's public train service. Participants will thus have access to other parts of Atlanta, including the airport. All hotel/campus transportation will be provided.

To apply, scholars should send a cover letter addressing the relevance of the topic and the author to their current and/or future scholarly work, and a CV to Professor Jimenez at the email address below. The application deadline is February 20th, 2015 with decisions announced by March 2nd, 2015.

Co-Directors 2015:

Marta Jimenez
Department of Philosophy
214 Bowden Hall
561 South Kilgo Circle
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322 USA
marta.jimenez@emory.edu

Christof Rapp
Lehrstuhle fur Philosophie III
Ludwig Maximilians Universität Munich
Gerschwister Scholl Platz 1
80536 Munchen, Germany
office.ch.rapp@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

IHP Summer Seminar 2014

IHP Summer Seminar 2013

Renewing the Ancient Quarrel: Plato, Hegel, Adorno

John Lysaker (Emory University)

John Russon (University Of Guelph)

IHP Summer Seminar 2012

Peirce, James, and the Origins of Pragmatism

John Stuhr (Emory University)

Vincent Colapietro (Penn State University)

IHP Summer Seminar 2011

Vico and the Humanist Tradition

Donald Verene (Emory University)

Brian Copenhaver (UCLA)

IHP Summer Seminar 2010

The Origins of Modernity: Montaigne, Machiavelli, Decartes, and Hobbes

Ann Hartle (Emory University)

Harvey C. Mansfield (Harvard University)

IHP Summer Seminar 2009

Heidegger and Nietzsche: The Issue of History

Andrew Mitchell (Emory University)

Peter Trawny (Universität Wuppertal)

IHP Summer Seminar 2008

Religion and Philosophy: Neoplatonism in the Late Ancient and Early Medieval Period

Steven Strange (Emory University)

Kevin Corrigan (Emory University)