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Époque Émilienne
Époque Émilienne - Philosophy and Science 1700 -1750
at the Center for the History of Women Philosophers
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Époque Émilienne

Époque Émilienne

Philosophy and Science/Philosophie et Science/Philosophie und Wissenschaft


International and interdisciplinary conference presented by the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists in Cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für französischsprachige Philosophie e.V.

The conference Époque Émilienne focuses on the multi-faceted interactions in early 18th century philosophy and science. Leibniz’ appointment as a corresponding member of the Académie Royale des Sciences (1700) and Maupertuis’ appointment as president of the Sozietät der Wissenschaften at Berlin (1740) are two striking historical events which underline the lively intellectual exchanges between Paris and Berlin, significantly shaping the early history of the European Enlightenment. During the past few years, the importance of Émilie Du Châtelet as one of the central figures in this context has been increasingly recognized. The conference aims to reconstruct central themes of the Époque Émilienne and to contextualize the philosophical and scientific works of Émilie du Châtelet, their reception, their place in the history of ideas and their biographical and institutional networks.

The conference languages are English, French and German.

Place: Paderborn University, Campus L-Building

Date: April 5th-7th, 2017

Invited speakers

Andreas Blank (Paderborn/Berlin), Gabor Boros (Budapest), Luka Boršić (Zagreb), Clara Carus (Cambridge, MA), Waltraud Ernst (Linz), Stefanie Ertz (Berlin), Aleksandra Gieralt (London, Ontario), Andrew Janiak (Durham), Ivana Skuhala Karasman (Zagreb), Ulla Kölving & Andrew Brown (Ferney-Voltaire), Ansgar Lyssy (Munich), Christophe Martin (Paris), Iulia Mihai (Ghent), Elena Muceni (Geneva), Fritz Nagel (Basel), Gianni Paganini (Vercelli), Osmo Pekonen (Helsinki), Tinca Prunea (Bucharest), Ana Rodrigues (Paderborn), Bertram Eugene Schwarzbach (Paris), Susana Seguin (Paris), Lieselotte Steinbrügge (Bochum), Marco Storni (Paris), Dieter Suisky (Berlin), Jacqueline Taylor (San Francisco), George Vlahakis (Patras)

Call for papers

PDF: English version, version française, deutsche Fassung

Suitable topics for exploration include, among others, the debate on the vis viva, the reception of the concept of monades/êtres simples in the natural sciences, the formation of epistemological concepts in the tension between apriorism and empiricism, the development of the infinitesimal calculus, the debate on determinism, the theory of morality and the critique of religion.

The contributions should have a thematic reference to the writings of Émilie Du Châtelet, to their intellectual surroundings (Voltaire, Fontenelle, Maupertuis, Bernoulli, Wolff, Euler) and/or to their reception in the French (La Mettrie, Diderot, die Encyclopédie) and German Enlightenment (Luise Kulmus Gottsched up to the young Kant), and in other European countries (like Greece and Italy).

Please submit your abstract (ca. 100-300 words) at the latest by March 5th, 2017 to Ruth Hagengruber or Pascal Delhom Submissions (in .pdf or .doc format) should bear the name of the author(s) and affiliation(s). Participants will receive an answer by March 12th, 2017. The conference languages are English, French and German.


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Arrival and accommodation

How to get there:



Hotel Stadthaus, Hathumarstraße 22, 33098 Paderborn:

Best Western Plus Arosa Hotel, Westernmauer 38, 33098 Paderborn:

Boardinghouse Campus Lounge, Mersinweg 2, 33100 Paderborn:

Other hotels located in or near the city center and within reach of public transport to the university:


If there are any questions left, feel free to contact the conference organizers:

Prof. Dr. Ruth Hagengruber

Dr. Andrea Reichenberger

Dr. Pascal Delhom