Next CMPR Meeting: September 30!

Please join us for the first CMPR meeting of the 2016-2017 academic year! ¬†On Friday, September 30, from 3:45-5pm, we’ll be discussing a paper by Chris Martin (UW-Green Bay) defending an acosmist reading of Spinoza (there are no particulars) and drawing upon Spinoza’s platonism to explain why this isn’t such a bad thing ūüôā To receive a precirculated copy of the paper, please add yourself to the CMPR email list before September 22.

The meeting will take place in Room 530 of the Crown Center for the Humanities at Loyola University Chicago.  Official parking information is here, and there is limited street parking along W Loyola Ave and neighboring streets, though public transit is the best option (CTA Red Line: Loyola).

We hope to see you there!

Fall 2016 Dates for Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtable!

The Fall 2016 dates for the Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtable are now set!  Mark your calendars now for the following meetings, which take place on Friday from 3:45-5pm:

September 30, 2016: Chris Martin (UW – Green Bay) on Spinoza

Location: Loyola University Chicago (Host: Kristen Irwin)


November 18, 2016: Stuart Warner (Roosevelt) on Descartes’¬†Discourse on Method

Location: Roosevelt University (Host: Stuart Warner)


We hope to see you there!

Final CMPR Meeting of Spring 2016: Friday, May 13!

Mark your calendars for the final CMPR meeting of the 2015-2016 academic year! ¬†We’ll be discussing a recent paper of¬†Saja Parvizian & Joe Gottlieb (UIC) on Friday, May 13 from 3:45-5pm at the University of Chicago.

The meeting will take place in Gates-Blake Hall, Room 324.  The address for Gates-Blake Hall is 5845 S Ellis Ave, although the building is entered from within the quad; you then walk up the stairs to the third floor.

Public Transportation: The only train line that connects directly to Hyde Park is the Metra Electric. You can take this to the 59th St. stop. You’ll then have to walk west on 59th St. for about 10-15 minutes to get to the quad that Gates-Blake resides on. As far as buses go, you can take the CTA 6 to 59th St. and Stony Island Ave., which is just a couple of blocks east of the Metra Electric stop. On the return trip, you could pick up the CTA 2 at the southeast corner of 60th St. and Ellis, which will take you into the loop; the last bus leaves a little after 6:00. But the Metra Electric and the CTA 6 would be options as well and run much later.

Parking: Street parking is available on Ellis Ave. and surrounding streets. Ellis, which is directly west of the quad, is metered parking. But parking along the Midway Plaisance, which is directly south of the quad (e.g., 59th St.), is free. There is a parking garage at 5525 S Ellis Ave., or a few blocks north. But it is somewhat expensive (0-2 hours = $8; 2-3 hours = $16; 3-4 hours = $20; 4+ hours = $25).

As always, to receive the paper for discussion in advance, and to stay abreast of other CMPR events, please subscribe to our email list at

Next Meeting: Friday 3/11, 3:45-5pm — Jeff McDonough

The next meeting of the Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtable will be¬†Friday March 11, 2016 from 3:45-5pm at Roosevelt University (downtown). ¬†We’ll be discussing Jeff McDonough‘s paper “Leibniz’s Formal Theory of Contingency”, which will be distributed via our email listserv.

The meeting will take place in room 720 of the Auditorium Building, at 430 South Michigan Avenue. There is parking on Congress Parkway between Michigan and Wabash, on the south side of the street. This lot can also be accessed on the east side of Wabash between Congress Parkway and Balbo. There are two other lots on Wabash between Congress Parkway and Van Buren. One can get a discounted rate by having the ticket stamped at the desk as one enters the building. Unless one has a Roosevelt ID, one needs a photo ID (preferably a driver’s license) to get in the building.

Roosevelt University is also easily accessible via public transit using the CTA Red Line (exit at the Jackson stop & walk southeast), the CTA Green Line (exit at the Adams-Wabash stop & walk south), or the CTA Brown/Pink/Orange/Purple lines (exit at the Washington Library-State/Van Buren stop & walk east-southeast).

We hope to see you there!

First Meeting of Spring 2016! (Revised 1/20/16: NEW LOCATION)

Don’t miss the Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtable‘s first meeting of the 2016 calendar year! ¬†We’ll be discussing Shelley Weinberg (UIUC)’s paper “Locke on Moral Motivation” — if you’d like a copy to preread, please join the CMPR listserv by signing up at¬†

The meeting will be Friday 22 January 2016, from 3:45-5pm, at Loyola University Chicago. ¬†The tentative location is Crown Center for the Humanities, Room 530. ¬†(Loyola’s room reservation system will not, alas, provide confirmation until 19 January, the first day of classes, so please join the listserv to receive any last-minute location updates.) PLEASE NOTE: The new, finalized location will be Crown Center for the Humanities, Room 200.

The best way to get to Loyola’s campus is via the Red Line (Loyola stop); Crown Center for the Humanities is 0.25 mile due east of the Loyola station, right on the lake. ¬†If you must drive, there are two options. ¬†The risky-but-thrifty¬†option is to take your chances with parking along W Loyola Ave, just east of N Sheridan Rd, where there is very limited free street parking on the north side of the street & very limited paid street parking on the south side of the street. ¬†This extends only to the alley, however, and is often full. ¬†The sure-but-more-expensive option is to park in one of Loyola’s parking garages for $7.

Please contact Kristen Irwin with any other logistical questions or issues.  We hope to see you there!

Spring 2016 Schedule Ready!

We have a FANTASTIC schedule of authors this spring for our Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtables!  Please save the dates for the following meetings:


Friday, January 22 (3:45-5pm)

Author: Shelley Weinberg (UIUC)

Host: Kristen Irwin (Loyola)


Friday, March 11 (3:45-5pm)

Author: Jeff McDonough (Harvard/Notre Dame)

Host: Stuart Warner (Roosevelt)


Friday, May 13 (3:45-5pm)

Authors: Saja Parvizian & Joe Gottlieb (UIC)

Host: Alex Silverman (U of C)


Campus locations, directions, and parking instructions will be posted closer to the dates (though the information for Roosevelt is already  posted here).

Happy holidays to all — we hope to see you at CMPR in 2016!

December Meeting, and Spring 2016 Dates!

Many thanks to all who attended our inaugural meeting at Roosevelt University!¬† We had an excellent discussion in an excellent location, and we’re¬†very much looking forward to our next meeting, which will be:

Friday, December 4, 2015


University of Illinois, Chicago

(Closest El stop: UIC-Halsted, Blue Line)

We’ll be discussing a paper (precirculated via the listserv about a week in advance) on Berkeley by Margaret Atherton (UW-Milwaukee), who will give us a bit of background before starting off the discussion.

Finally, please mark your Spring 2016 calendars for the following meetings of the CMPR:

Friday, January 22, 2016


Loyola University Chicago

(Closest El stop: Loyola, Red Line)

Author: Shelley Weinberg (UIUC)

Friday, March 11, 2016


Roosevelt University

(See here for directions & transit info.)

Author: Jeff McDonough (Harvard/Notre Dame)

Friday, May 13, 2016


University of Chicago

(Directions & transit info TBA.)

Authors: Saja Parvizian & Joe Gottlieb (UIC)

We hope to see many of you in December!