2017/18 Newsletter

APA Sessions

  • EASTERN APA: Savannah Convention Center, Savannah, GA (3 January–6 January, 2018)
  • LSNA Group Session: Thursday, January 4, 2018, 5:15-7:15PM
    • Title: “Phenomenalism and Monadic Aggregation”
    • Chair: Owen Pikkert (Toronto)
    • Speakers: Shane Duarte (Notre Dame), “Bodies, Aggregates, and Well-founded Phenomena in Leibniz,” Adam Harmer (UC-Riverside), “Leibniz on Discrete Quantity and Actual Parts,” and Stephen Puryear (North Carolina State University), “The Being of Leibnizian Aggregates.”
    • Commentator: Donald Rutherford (UC-San Diego)


LSNA Essay Contest

  • 2017 Leibniz Society Essay Competition: The winner for 2017 is Dr. Giovanni Merlo (University of Stirling) for his paper “Leibniz and the Problem of Temporary Truths”
  • Thirty-sixth annual competition (2018): In an effort to encourage the study of the philosophy of Leibniz in North America and to give recognition to deserving scholars, the Leibniz Society of North America (LSNA) is continuing its annual Essay Competition. Submitted essays should be on some aspect of the philosophy of Leibniz. They should be from twelve to twenty-five pages in length (double-spaced), and should be submitted by June 1, 2018, as determined by postmark. The author of the winning essay will have the option of publishing it in the Leibniz Review. To facilitate anonymous judging, the author’s name should be given only on a separate title page or cover sheet and should not appear in the body or footnotes of the paper; neither should identifiable information such as full references to publications by the author. Judges reserve the right not to name a winner in the event that none of the submissions is deemed to be of sufficient quality or suitability for the award. Full scholarly apparatus is preferred but not required; sufficiently developed works-in-progress will, therefore, have a chance in the competition and may be submitted. Previous one-time winners are encouraged to re-enter, but a given person can win the competition at most twice. Essays in French or German may be submitted as well as in English.  Please send submissions by email attachment (Word or pdf format) to the Coordinator of the LSNA Essay Competition: Professor Laurence Carlin, Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh: carlin@uwosh.edu


Twelfth Annual Conference of the Leibniz Society of North America

  • The Twelfth Annual Conference of the Leibniz Society of North America and the Third Congress of the Société d’études leibniziennes de langue française will be a joint event held at the Université de Montréal, on October 12-14, 2018. With this joint meeting, both Societies wish to gather scholars from their distinct linguistic communities for a better sharing of research. The Congress will be bilingual, so that half of all the papers will be in French, the other half in English. The Congress will begin early on Friday and end on Sunday at the latest at 3pm. Participants will be strongly encouraged to use Power point presentations or printed manuscripts for their presentation to facilitate the discussion.


Minutes for LSNA Business Meeting, University of Toronto, 14 October 2017

In attendance: Ursula Goldenbaum, Robert Adams, Owen Pikkert, Donald Rutherford, Sam Levey, Stephen Puryear, Richard Arthur, Marleen Rozemond, Martha Bolton, Julia Jorati, François Duchesneau, Christian Leduc

President Ursula Goldenbaum opens the meeting at 5.40pm

  1. President announces conferences for the next few years: Montréal 2018, Emory 2019, after that possibly Chicago and/or Harvard
  2. Announces change to the collection of dues: the Philosophy Documentation Center (PDC) will collect dues for us; the dues will be used for instance to help younger members attend conferences. PDC will also run electronic elections for us.
  3. Vote on the proposal for changing the constitution (as circulated in advance of the meeting): making it possible for the secretary-treasurer to serve for a second term; making the secretary-treasurer responsible for presenting a financial report about the use of funds; if the Leibniz Review ever needs additional money, the LSNA will supply additional funds. The attending members voted unanimously in favor of the change.
  4. The Call for papers for the 2018 meeting is already out; the deadline is the beginning of January
  5. The LSNA will invite two speakers for the 2018 Conference: Richard Arthur and Marleen Rozemond.

President Ursula Goldenbaum closes the meeting at 5.55pm