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    Catherine Jaffe

    Enlightenment and Christianity in the works of Bayle and Feijoo
    Online Conference @ Feijoo Institute, University of Oviedo, Spain

    19-20 May 2021

    Call for Papers
    The Christian descent of Modernity is widely accepted among specialists, like Thomas Sheehan, Michael Gillespie and David Sorkin, who consider biblical hermeneutics, nominalist ontology, and free will among the key elements to explain western Enlightenment. Pierre Bayle’s philosophy has been interpreted appealing to his Calvinist tradition (Elisabeth Labrousse) and his alleged fideism (Richard Popkin). Benito Feijoo’s crusade against superstition is usually framed within the ampler debate about the reception of Jansenism in Spain. This conference aims at revising this approach, reading the philosophies of Bayle and Feijoo as the result of their criticisms to their own religious traditions, particularly, but not exclusively, on the following matters:

    1. The role of civil authority in religious issues
    2. Women’s subordinate position
    3. The weakening of Christianity caused by scientific studies
    4. The discourse against superstition

    If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send an abstract of up to 500 words suitably prepared for blind reviewing to before 1 March 2021. Acceptance will be notified by 1 April 2021.

    Those accepted are expected to give a live online presentation of 15 minutes followed by 15 minutes Q&A. While efforts will be made to consider the time difference as much as possible, please be aware that you may be asked to give the presentation early in the morning or late in the evening.

    Papers can be presented in English, Spanish or French, but please note that no translation service will be provided. No attendance fees will be required to join the conference online.

    Keynote Speakers
    Mónica Bolufer (University of Valencia)
    Michael Hickson (Trent University)

    Scientific Committee
    Marta García-Alonso, chair (UNED)
    Elena de Lorenzo (Feijoo Institute)
    Inmaculada Urzainqui (University of Oviedo)
    Catherine M. Jaffe (Texas State University)
    Antony Mckenna (ENS-Lyon)
    Gianluca Mori (Universitá Piamonte Orientale)

    For informal inquiries, please contact the organising committee at

    Marta García-Alonso
    Departamento de Filosofía Moral y Política
    Senda del Rey 7
    28040 Madrid

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