The Fifth Annual LSNA Conference has come and gone. Despite the lack of sunshine until the middle of the last day (my apologies again to the participants!), it was a great success. It fully accomplished what I hoped it would in terms of:

  • building new bridges between North American and European Leibniz scholars
  • broadening knowledge of the recent accomplishments of the Akademie edition, including many new on-line resources
  • extending discussion of the development, structure and final form of Leibniz’s philosophy.

The last 25 years have witnessed enormous progress in Leibniz scholarship. We have a much better appreciation of, and access to, the full range of his philosophical and scientific writings, and we have interpretations of his thought that are more solidly based in textual evidence and sensitive to the range and diversity of his ideas. These developments were well represented at the conference. My thanks to all the participants for making it possible, especially Thomas Leinkauf and his colleagues from the Leibniz-Forschungsstelle, M√ľnster, who helped to formulate the plan for the conference, which hopefully will be the basis for future collaborations.

Mark Kulstad has kindly provided some images of the meeting, available here.

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There is no formal registration for the conference, but for planning purposes I want to try to keep track of numbers. If you are hoping to attend and haven’t already contacted me, please do so and let me know the days you plan to be here. At the very least there will be a free lunch and a couple of cups of coffee for you.

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Schedule of Papers

A final schedule, listing paper times and other events, can be found above under “Program.”

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The program for the Fifth Annual Conference of the Leibniz Society of North America has been set. A complete list of presenters and the titles of their papers can be found at the Participants tab above.

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Conference Announcement

The Fifth Annual Conference of the Leibniz Society of North America will be held at the University of California, San Diego, on June 15-17, 2011. The theme of the conference, which is being organized in collaboration with the Leibniz-Forschungsstelle, Münster, is “Leibniz’s Final Philosophy.” A description of its scope and a call for papers can be found here.

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