LSNA Conference 2022

16th Annual Conference of the Leibniz Society of North America

Princeton University


October 21-23, 2022

Organizers: Brandon Look ( and Dan Garber (


Conference Schedule

All times are US Eastern Standard Time

Friday, October 21st


Aleksandra Horowska (University of Wrocław), “Do Animals Have Any Rights? The Leibnizian Perspective”

Comment: Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory University)


Mike Hansen (Brigham Young University), “Mills, Cheese, and Worms in Leibnizian Perception”

Comment: Stewart Duncan (University of Florida)


Qiu Lin (Duke University), “A Different Monadology: Du Châtelet on Monads, Bodies, and Sensory Impression”

Comment: Clara Carus (Paderborn University)



Saturday, October 22nd


Filippo Costantini (University Ca’ Foscari of Venice/McMaster), “Leibniz’s Abstractionist Approach to Quantity”

Comment: Noa Shein (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)


Jen Nguyen (Harvard University), “Leibniz’s Comparativism about Quantity”

Comment: John Whipple (University of Illinois-Chicago)




Vincenzo De Risi (Max Planck Institute, Berlin), “The Genesis of Relationism: Leibniz’s Early Theory of Space and Newton’s Scholium”

Comment: Michael Futch (University of Tulsa)


Stephen Puryear (North Carolina State University), “Did Leibniz Escape the Labyrinth of the Continuum?”

Comment: Samuel Levey (Dartmouth University)


Business Meeting



Sunday, October 23rd


Julia Borcherding (University of Cambridge), “The Power of Love and the Force of Reason: Leibniz and Du Châtelet on the Foundations of Morality”

Comment: Andrew Janiak (Duke University)


Alejandro Naranjo Sandoval (University of California-Davis), “Faculty Monism in Leibniz, Wolff, and Baumgarten: How to Best Deny the Distinction Between Perception and Thought”

Comment: Brandon Look (University of Kentucky)


LSNA Conference 2021

15th Annual Conference of the Leibniz Society of North America

 University of Kentucky


Conference held virtually via Zoom.

Organizer: Brandon Look (


Conference Schedule

All times are US Eastern Standard Time

November 6, 2021


Michael Hansen (BYU), “Point of View in Leibnizian Perception”

Commentator: Stephen Puryear (North Carolina State)


James Mackey (Western Ontario), “Leibniz and the Problem of Personal Identity”

Commentator: Julia Jorati (UMass Amherst)


Nicholas Birmingham (Western Ontario), “Fiction, Symbol, Infinitesimal: The Leibnizian Concepts of Transcendental Philosophy”

Commentator: Caterina Marinelli (Rome)

December 11, 2021


Alessandro Becchi (Florence), “Natural Machines and Contingent Truths in Leibniz”

Commentator: Arnaud Pelletier (Brussels)


Fatema Amijee (British Columbia), “Leibniz and Du Châtelet on Substance and Sufficient Reason”

Commentator: Anne-Lise Rey (Paris-Nanterre)


Laura Pelegrín (Diego Portales), “Natorp’s Early Reading of Leibniz”

Commentator: Brandon Look (Kentucky)

January 22, 2022


Åsne Grøgaard (Oxford), “The Unimportance of Hope in Leibniz’s Philosophy”

Commentator: Donald Rutherford (UC San Diego)


Keynote: Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory), “Leibniz and Locke on Natural Equality of Human Beings”

Commentator: Julia Borcherding (Cambridge)


Business Meeting

LSNA Conference 2020

14th Annual Conference of the Leibniz Society of North America

 University of Illinois at Chicago


Conference held virtually via Zoom

Contact John Whipple to receive the Zoom link, and to be added to the email list to receive pre-circulated papers.


Conference Schedule

Saturday, November 7th

Session 1:  10-11:20       

“Leibniz on the Order and Artifice in Reproduction”   

Evangelian Collings (Pittsburgh)

Commentator:  Larry Jorgensen (Skidmore)


Session 2:  11:30-12:50

“First Experiences and Ingredience in Leibniz’s Late Metaphysics”  

Arnaud Pelletier (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Commentator: Paul Lodge (Oxford)

Saturday, December 5th

Session 1:  10-11:20       

“Leibnizian Distance”

Jen Nguyen (Harvard)

Commentator:  Julia Jorati (UMass Amherst) 


Session 2:  11:30-12:50

“A Combinatorial Theory of Compossibility”

Jun Young Kim (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Commentator:  Yual Chiek (St. John’s)

Saturday, January 16th

Session 1:  10-11:20        

“Leibniz’s Conceptualism about Composition” 

Stephen Puryear (North Carolina State)

Commenator:  Brandon Look (Kentucky)


Session 2:  11:30-12:50

“God Can Do Otherwise:  A Defense of Act Contingency in Leibniz’s Theodicy”    

Dylan Flint (Ohio State) 

Commentator:  Chloe Armstrong (Lawrence)

Saturday, February 6th

Session 1:  10-11:20      

“The Many Ways of Mirroring God:  Leibniz on the imago Dei Thesis”

Julia Borcherding (Cambridge).

Commentator:  Marleen Rozemond (Toronto)


Session 2:  11:30-12:50

“Leibniz’s Mediation between Hobbes and Plato in Leibniz’s Philosophy of Law” 

Sören Hand (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Commentator:  Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory)

Saturday, February 27th

Session 1:  10-11:20      

“Descriptive Completeness and Circular Multitudes”   

Stefano Papa (University of Vienna)

Commentator:  Samuel Levey (Dartmouth)


Session 2:  11:30-12:30

LSNA business meeting

Leibniz Conference at Emory University, Atlanta, May 17–19, 2019


Friday, May 17, 2019

1:30–2:00 pm Coffee & Welcome
Chair Brandon Look
2:00–3:30 pm Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard): “Space, Monads, and Incompossibility”
Comments: Sam Levey (Dartmouth College)
3:30–3:45pm Coffee Break
3:45–5:15pm Qiu Lin (Duke University): “Emilie du Chatelet on Space”
Comments: John Hanson (University of Notre Dame/Harvard University)
5:30–6:30pm EC Business Meeting
7:00pm Dinner in the lobby of the Math and Science Building (conference building)


Saturday, May 18, 2019

9:00–9:30am Continental breakfast
Chair Martha Bolton
9:30–11:00am Julia Jorati (Ohio State University) “Leibniz’s Argument Against Slavery”
Comments: Aleksandra Horowska (University Wrocław, Poland)
11:00–11:15am Coffee Break
11:15am–12:45pm Fiorenza Manzo (University of Salerno, Italy) “How sincere was Leibniz’s criticism of Hobbes’ political philosophy?”
Comments: Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory University)
12:45–2:15pm Lunch break
Chair Julia Jorati
2:15–3:45pm Julian Waddell (University of Oxford): “Substance and Mechanism: Natural Philosophy Between Duns Scotus and Leibniz”
Comments: Brandon Look (University of Kentucky)
3:45–4:00pm Coffee Break
4:00–5:30pm Juan Garcia Torres (Loyola Marymount University, LA), “Leibniz on Contingency as a Condition for Freedom and Explanation of Rational Action”
Comments: Stephen Puryear (NCSU)
5:45–7:00pm Business meeting of the LSNA (open to all)
7pm Conference Dinner in the Lobby of PAIS (cross the street and walk down the hill to the Psychology Building to the right)


Sunday, May 19, 2019:

8:30–9:00am Continental breakfast
Chair Daniel Garber
9:00–10:30am Jan Levin Propach (LMU Munich, Germany): “Ideas are no Brute Facts”
CommentsTobias Flattery (Notre Dame)
10:30–10:45am Coffee Break
10:45am–12:15pm Seoyeong (Shauna) Kwag (Independent scholar), “The Deaf and the Other: Leibniz, Language, Paradigm Change”
Comments: Martha Bolton (Rutgers University)

LSNA/SELLF Congress 2018

Leibniz Society of North America/
Société d’études leibniziennes de langue française
12-14 octobre 2018

Université de Montréal
Pavillon Lionel-Groulx
3150 Jean Brillant, C-3061



Vendredi/Friday (12 oct.)

Session I

9h00-9h50 Arthur Dony (Université de Liège)

L’ontologie leibnizienne des relations : essai de relecture systématique

9h50-10h40 Douglas Blue (Harvard University)

Instrumentalism about Infinite Numbers in Leibniz

10h40-11h00 Pause

Conférence plénière/Plenary talk I

11h00-12h15 David Rabouin (Université Paris 7 Diderot)

Mathématiques et réduction aux identiques chez Leibniz

Commentaire/comments: Anne-Lise Rey (Université de Lille)

12h15-14h00 Lunch

Session II

14h00-14h50 Marine Picon (ENS de Lyon)

Nisi ipse intellectus : expérience et intellection dans la doctrine leibnizienne du savoir

14h50-15h40 Evelyn Vargas (La Plata University)

Much Ado about Nothing. Leibniz on the Cognitive Role of Fictions

15h40-16h00 Pause

Conférence plénière/Plenary talk II

16h00-17h15 Marleen Rozemond (University of Toronto)

Leibniz on internal action and why mills can’t think

Commentaire/Comments : Paul Rateau (Université Paris 1)

Samedi/Saturday (13 oct.)

Session III

9h00-9h50 Julia Jorati (Ohio State University)

Close Cousins: Leibniz and Clarke on Freedom

9h50-10h40 Robert Mason (University of Toronto)

Leibniz’s Infinite Analysis Theory of Contingency

10h40-11h00 Pause

Conférence plénière/Plenary talk III

11h00-12h15 Raphaële Andrault (ENS de Lyon)

Leibniz and the Functionalist Representation of Pain

Commentaire/Comments : Donald Rutherford (UCSD)

12h15-14h00 Lunch

Session IV

14h00-14h50 Arnaud Lalanne (Université Bordeaux-Montaigne)

Leibniz, lecteur de l’Augustinus de Jansénius

14h50-15h30 Guillaume Coissard (ENS de Lyon)

Monades physicalisées : la lecture de la théorie de la substance leibnizienne par Wolff

16h00-16h20 Pause

Conférence plénière/Plenary talk IV

16h20-17h30 Richard Arthur (McMaster University)

Les monades comme constituants des corps

Commentaire/Comments : Brandon Look (University of Kentucky)

17h30-19h30 LSNA Business Meeting/ Assemblée générale de la SELLF


Dimanche/Sunday (14 oct.)

Session V

9h00-9h50 Éric Marquer (Université Paris 1)

Art de penser et art de parler : Leibniz et la doctrine des particules

9h50-10h40 Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory University)

How Modern is Leibniz’s Philosophy of Law?

10h40-11h00 Pause
11h00-11h50 Laurence Bouquiaux (Université de Liège)

La quadripartition de la force dans le Specimen dynamicum

11h50-12h40 Daniel Garber (Princeton University)

What Leibniz Learned in 1695?

Organisateurs/Organisers :

Christian Leduc (

François Duchesneau (