2022/23 Newsletter

Call for papers, Forty-First Annual Essay Contest (2023)

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 (including his reception and his various correspondences, e.g. with female philosophers). They should be from twelve to twenty-five pages in length (double-spaced), and should be submitted by June 1, 2023. The author of the winning essay will have the option of publishing it in the Leibniz Review.

Previous one-time winners are encouraged to re-enter, but a given person can win the competition at most twice. 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.

Submission Guidelines: 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. 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. Essays in French 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 Larry Jorgensen, Department of Philosophy, Skidmore College: ljorgens@skidmore.edu

Winner of 2022 Essay Contest

The winner of the 2022 essay contest is Filippo Costantini (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), “Quantity as Limit: Leibniz on the Metaphysics of Quantity.” Congratulations!

We would also like to thank John Whipple for organizing the essay contest for the past few years.

Seventeenth Annual Conference call for abstracts

The Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Leibniz Society of North America will be held at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, September 29–October 1, 2023. Papers on any aspect of Leibniz’s philosophy will be considered and should have a reading time of approximately 45 minutes. Submissions should take the form of abstracts of about 500 words in length, prepared for anonymous review. They should be submitted, as attachments to emails in PDF format, to Jeff McDonough (jkmcdonough@gmail.com). The deadline for the receipt of submissions is May 15, 2023. Authors will be notified by June 15 of the program committee’s decision. Selected authors will be expected to send complete drafts of their presentations to their commentators by August 15, 2023.

LSNA Election Results

  • Marleen Rozemond was elected President (replacing Brandon Look); she started a four-year term, effective 1 December 2022
  • Chloe Armstrong, Adam Harmer, and Stephen Puryear were elected members of the Executive Committee (replacing Paul Lodge, Marleen Rozemond, and John Whipple); they started four-year terms, effective 1 December 2022

Minutes of LSNA Business Meeting in Princeton, October 22, 2022

Attending: Ursula Goldenbaum, Brandon Look, Marleen Rozemond, Julia Jorati (remotely), Mike Hansen, John Whipple, Sam Levey, Stephen Puryear

President Brandon Look opened the meeting at 5:10pm EST.

Election/nominations: Presentation of names of candidates for membership of the executive committee: Adam Harmer, Chloe Armstrong. [additional candidate: Stephen Puryear]. Marleen Rozemond candidate for president. No other nominations were received. The election will take place online.

Vote: Attending members voted on proposed amendments to the constitution, in view of tax status. The amendments passed unanimously (8-0-0).

Upcoming meetings: our next annual meeting will be held at Harvard, hosted by Jeffrey McDonough in 2023/24. This meeting will be in Fall 2023, as we plan to have a joint meeting with SELLF in Paris in June 2024, hosted by Paul Rateau. The joint meeting with SELLF will be our annual meeting for 2024/25. Not yet settled: where to have the meeting for 2025/26.

President Brandon Look closes the meeting at 5:25pm EST