A striking fact about us humans is that we can be guided by norms. We invoke norms to assess our ways of thinking and acting, and to praise and blame our fellow human beings. Norms have also played an important role in systematizing and organizing our thinking about the world that surrounds us, and in helping us better to understand nature and society.

The purpose of this meeting is to establish a new research program, which will take a systematic look at the historical background to the distinction between norms and nature. It will explore how philosophers viewed the relationship between norms, both epistemic and practical, and nature from the time of Plato and Aristotle in Ancient Greece to David Hume in the eighteenth century.



Thursday, May 10, 2018

Venue: Gula villan


Chair: Henrik Lagerlund (Stockholm)

Calvin Normore (UCLA): Norms in Nature and the Nature of Norms: How ‘Law’ became Ambiguous


Friday, May 11, 2018

Venue: Gula villan


Chair: Svavar Svavarsson (Reykjavík)

Francesca Masi (Ca’ Foscari): Norms and Atoms: Epicurus on Agency

10:00-10:30: Coffee


Chair: Tomas Ekenberg (Uppsala)

Peter Adamson (LMU/KCL): Against Nature: Two Critics of Naturalism in the Islamic World


Chair: Peter Kail (Oxford)

Michael Gill (Arizona): Shaftesbury on Nature, Religion, and Aesthetic Norms

12:30-1:30: Lunch


Chair: Mikko Yrjönsuuri (Jyväskylä)

Helen Hattab (Houston): Hobbes and Spinoza on Constructing a Science of Virtue without Universal 'Humanity'

2:30-3:00: Coffee


Chair: Miira Tuominen (Jyväskylä)

Martina Reuter (Jyväskylä): Gender as a Battlefield of Norms and Nature


Chair: Øyvind Rabbås (Oslo)

Katja Vogt (Columbia): Good for Human Beings in Aristotle


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Program planning meeting (closed meeting)

Venue: Gula villan


Welcome and Introduction by Henrik Lagerlund

10:30-11:00: Coffee


Discussion: Norms and Nature in Ancient Philosophy

Chair: Gösta Grönroos (Stockholm)

12:00-13:00: Lunch


Discussion: Norms and Nature in Medieval Philosophy

Chair: Henrik Lagerlund (Stockholm)


Discussion: Norms and Nature in Early Modern Philosophy

Chair: Jonas Olson (Stockholm)

15:00-15:30: Coffee

15:30 -16:30:

Overview and overarching research questions by Henrik Lagerlund