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18 - 20 May 2018

Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618-1680) – Life and Legacy. Philosophy, Politics and Religion in Seventeenth Century Europe

Conference | all-day | Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, Deutsche Gesellschaft Philosophie e.V., Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

Organizers: Sabrina Ebbersmeyer, Sarah Hutton, Ruth Hagengruber


Confirmed Talks:

Dr. Susanna Åkerman (Stockholm University) – “Descartes’ competitors: Queen Christina and the Metaphysics of Light”

Dr. Nadine Akkerman (Leiden University) – “Elisabeth of Bohemia’s aristocratic upbringing and education at the Prinsenhof in Leiden, 1628-32”

Prof. Dr. Vlad Alexandrescu (Université de Bucarest) – “Elisabeth and her intellectual circle in The Hague”

Prof. em. Lilli Alanen (Uppsala University) – “Mind-body-holism and the Therapy of Passions”

Prof. Dr. Sabrina Ebbersmeyer  (University of Copenhagen) – “Elisabeth on Astronomy”

Prof. Dr. Ruth Hagengruber (Universität Paderborn) – “Elisabet of Bohemia as an example of critical historiography”

Prof. Dr. Sarah Hutton  (University of York) – “Princess Elisabeth and Anne Conway”

Prof. Dr. Denis Kambouchner (Université Paris 1) – “What is Elisabeth’s Cartesianism?”

Sonja Langkafel (Städtisches Museum, Herford) – “Elisabeth of Bohemia and Herford”

Prof. Dr. Gianni Paganini (Università d. S. d. P. O., Vercelli) – “How to deal with Machiavelli”

Prof. Dr. Carol Pal (Bennington College, Vermont) – “Elisabeth of Bohemia: Princess and Politico”

Dr. Marie-Frédérique Pellegrin (Université Lyon III) – “Feminine body in the letters between Elisabeth and Descartes”

Prof. Dr. Dominik Perler (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) –  “Is Our Happiness Up to Us? Elisabeth of Bohemia on the Limits of Internalism”

Dr. Martina Reuter  (University of Jyväskylä) – “Elisabeth’s Criticism of Descartes’ Notion of the Free Will”

Prof. Dr. Lisa Shapiro (Simon Frazer University) – “Princess Elisabeth and the challenges of philosophizing”


Everyone interested is welcome to attend.



18 - 20 May 2018



Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists
Technologiepark 21
Paderborn, NRW 33100 Germany
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