2017 John Locke Workshop

22-25 June 2017,  Western University

The topic of this year’s workshop is toleration and its epistemic and anthropological underpinnings. It will bring together international experts in Locke’s political, religious, and epistemological thought to explore specific themes related to the topic.

Organizers: Benjamin Hill (Western), Kathryn Tabb (Columbia), and Richard Vernon (Western)

Schedule (all session to be held in 1145 Stevenson Hall)

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Abstracts included in the above PDF version of the schedule

Friday June 23 (1145 STVH)

8:30-9:15         Coffee and Pastries

9:15-9:30         Welcome and Opening Remarks (Benjamin Hill)

Locke among the Dutch: Completing the Epistola and the Essay (Chair: Lorne Falkenstein)

9:30-10:15       Geoffrey Gorham (Macalester)

“Insights from the van Limborch Correspondence: God, Space, Action, and Identity”

10:15-11:00     Michael Hickson (Trent)

“Secularism and Toleration in Bayle and Locke”

11:00-12:15     Open Discussion

Certainty, Probability, and Reasons: Reasons for Toleration (Chair: Benjamin Hill)

2:00-2:45         Douglas Casson (St. Olaf)

Toleration without Sovereignty: Locke on Reasonableness, Judgment, and Absolute Dominion

2:45-3:30         Michael Borgida (Independent Scholar)

“Civil Interests and Locke’s Political Reason for Toleration

3:30-4:45         Open Discussion

Saturday June 24 (1145 STVH)

8:30-9:30         Coffee and Pastries

Locke and his Friends: Latitudinarians, Arminians, and Socinians (Chair: Remi Alie)

9:30-10:15       Patricia Sheridan (Guelph)

John Locke and the Latitudinarians: Toleration as a Virtue

10:15-11:00     Elliot Rossiter (Douglas College)

“Natural Religion and the Ambiguity of Locke’s Theological Commitments”

11:00-12:15     Open Discussion

Toleration and the Ethics of Belief (Chair: Robert Stainton)

1:30-2:15         Jonathan Walmsley (Independent Scholar)

“John Locke and Toleration: New Manuscript Evidence”

2:15-3:30         Elizabeth Prichard (Bowdoin)

“Locke on Toleration and the Right Way to Believe

3:30-4:45         Open Discussion

Sunday June 25 (1145 STVH)

8:30:-9:00        Coffee and Pastries

Toleration, Tempers, and Ethusiasm (Chair: Dennis Klimchuk)

90:00-9:45       Kathryn Tabb (Columbia)

“Locke’s Pyrrhonian Case for Toleration”

9:45-10:30       John Wright (Central Michigan)

“Locke on Toleration and Religious Experience”

10:30-10:45     Coffee Break

10:45-11:30     Richard Vernon (Western)

                        “Tempers and Toleration

11:30-12:45     Open Discussion


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