CastleThe Princeton-Bucharest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy was established almost two decades ago by Dana Jalobeanu, Vlad Alexandrescu and Daniel Garber. Since then, every summer until the summer of 2019, we have met in the mountains of Transylvania. Over the years, these seminars have gained a reputation both for academic rigor and cordiality. The seminar has gradually evolved into an institution. In recent years it was co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University and the Institute for Research in the Humanities -ICUB, University of Bucharest.

Because of the COVID pandemic, we had to cancel our plans for summer of 2020, and we started to meet online. Our programs have continued through the academic year and have attracted an interesting international audience interested in early modern philosophy and science.

We have just finished our series for spring 2021, and would like begin planning our next sessions. We plan to begin again in September, but we may have some sessions over the summer (June and July 2021) if there is sufficient interest.

Interested presenters are encouraged to submit proposals for short talks or joint sessions (panel discussions, mini-workshop format). In our experience so far, what works best are short talks leading to discussions either with co-panelists or with the audience. You can see for yourself if you look at our past recordings here:

For more details see our website here:

The deadline for proposals for sessions in the fall is June 15. You can submit either a single talk, which we may propose to combine with other proposals, or a fully constituted panel. If you would like to give a presentation during the possible summer session, please submit your proposals by June 1. Please submit your proposals to:

Daniel Garber, Dana Jalobeanu, and Claudia Dumitru

Since May 2020 the Princeton-Bucharest Seminar has moved online. We are having weekly meetings, Tuesdays at 1 pm EST/8pm EEST. 


The long history of the Bucharest-Princeton seminar in early modern philosophy begun in 2001, when Dana Jalobeanu and Vlad Alexndandrescu organized the first edition, under the form of a two-weeks long summer-school in philosophy and history of ideas. This first edition took place in Tescani and had among the invited speakers Daniel Garber, Katherine Brading, Denis Kambouchener, Michel Blay, Virgil Ciomoș, Cătălin Avramescu. After this first success, the organization of the seminar became a joint venture between Dana Jalobeanu, Vlad Alexandrescu and Daniel Garber. From 2005, Sorana Corneanu and Mihnea  Dobre joined in the organizing team (which, in the upcoming years grew to include other members of our team, such as Oana Matei and Tinca Prunea Bretonnet).

The Princeton Bucharest seminar is an interdisciplinary, one week long summer seminar gathering researchers and students coming from philosophy, intellectual history, history and philosophy of science, history of art etc. The format combines formal lectures with discussions of work-in-progress and reading groups. Each year, the seminar is devoted to a theme (largely defined). Here is what we have done so far.

1st Edition

tescani2001: Spaces of Freedom in Modern Thought. Individuals, Reformation Projects, Multiple Societies. International Summer School. Tescani, 2–13 September.

2nd Edition

2002: Enseigner l’histoire des idées comme pratique de la liberté. Modèles d’explication concurrents dans la pensée moderne. International Summer School. Macea, 30 August–13 September

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3rd Edition

2003: Souls, Clocks, Atoms and Forces: Competing Models of Individuals in Early Modern Thought. International Summer School. Macea, 30 August–14 September

4th Edition

2004: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy. Theories of Matter and Mind in the 17th Century. Arad, 6–12 September.

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2005: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy. The Great Instauration. Science, Philosophy and the Reformation of knowledge in the 17th Century. Bran, 2–7 July

6th Edition

2006: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy. Disseminating Knowledge in the Seventeenth Century: Centres and Peripheries in the Republic of Letters. Bran, 30 July–4 August

7th Edition

2007: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 7th Edition. Experiments, Reason and Revelation: The Moral Value of Studying Nature in Early Modernity. Bran, 28 July–3 August

Participants: Vlad Alexandrescu (University of Bucharest), Cătălin Avramescu (University of Bucharest), Norma B. Goethe (National University of Cordoba, Argentina), Etienne Brun Rovet (Paris I), Ion Copoeru (Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj), Sorana Corneanu (University of Bucharest), Sorin Costreie (University of Bucharest), Mihnea Dobre (University of Bucharest), Marius Dumitru (Oxford University), William Eaton (Georgia Southern University), Raphaele Fruet (Cambridge University), Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Vana Grigoropoulous (Athens), Irina Iakounina (Freiburg), Dana Jalobeanu (Vasile Goldiș University, Arad), Dana Nica (Iași University and Clermont-Ferrand), Adrian Niță (Institute of Philosophy, Romanian Academy), Lucian Petrescu (University of Bucharest, Paris IV), Ionuț Untea (Université de Lyon III).

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2008: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 8th Edition. Mălâncrav, 29 July–4 August
Participants: Vlad Alexandrescu (Bucharest), Zvi Biener (Western Michigan), Sorana Corneanu (Bucharest), Sorin Costreie (Bucharest), Márcio Augusto Damin Custódio (Brasil), Mihnea Dobre (Bucharest), Raphaele Fruet (Cambridge), Daniel Garber (Princeton), Adrian Haret (Bucharest), Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest), Hylarie Kochiras (North Carolina), Christophe Marinhero (Luxembourg), Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki), Lucian Petrescu (Bucharest), Ana Săndoiu (Bucharest), Geert Vanpaemel (Leuven), Koen Vermeir (Leuven), Rahel Villinger (Princeton).

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2009:  Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 9th Edition. Bran, 25-31 July
This year, the topic for the morning sessions will be Spinoza’s Tractatus theologico-politicus.
Invited speakers: Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Roger Ariew (University of South Florida), Ed Curley (University of Michigan), Frédéric de Buzon (Université Marc Bloch de Strasbourg), Alan Gabbey (Barnard College/Columbia University)

10th Edition

2010: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 10th Edition. Non-Mechanical Philosophies in the Seventeenth Century. Bran, 30 June–6 July
Invited speakers include: Peter Anstey (Otago, New Zealand), Daniel Garber (Princeton), Theo Verbeek (Utrecht), Koen Vermeir (CNRS, Paris)

11th Edition

2011: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 11th Edition. Collaborative Aspects of Early Modern Thought: Philosophical Correspondence and the Republic of Letters. Bran, 2-7 July

12th Edition

2012: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 12th Edition. The Battle for “Scientia” in the the Seventeenth Century. Bran, 29 June–4 July

13th Edition

2013: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 13th Edition. The Losers of the Scientific Revolution. Bran, 5–10 July

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2014: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 14th Edition. De rerum natura: Naturalism, Supernaturalism, Unnaturalism. Bran, 8–13 July

Invited speakers include: Daniel Garber (Princeton), Roger Ariew (South Florida), Igor Agostini (Università del Salento), Peter Anstey (Sydney), Olivier Dubouclez (Liège), Justin E.H. Smith (Paris), Tamás Pavlovits (Szeged), Jennifer Rampling (Princeton), Charles T. Wolfe (Ghent).

15th Edition

2015: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 15th Edition. Philosophical Conversations: Intellectual Interactions in the 17th Century. Bran, 12–17 July

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2016: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy 16th Edition. The Architecture of Reason: Laws, Axioms and Principles in Early Modern Thought. Alba Iulia, 12–16 July
Invited speakers: Cătălin Avramescu (University of Bucharest), Delphine Bellis (Radboud University, Nijmegen), Elodie Cassan (ENS- Lyon), Sorin Costreie (University of Bucharest), Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Philippe Hamou (Universite Paris Ouest), Rob Iliffe (University of Oxford), David Marshall Miller (Iowa State University), Richard Serjeantson (University of Cambridge)


17th Edition

2017: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, 17th Edition. Bran, Romania June 28-July 4. Organizers: Dana Jalobeanu, Daniel Garber, Mihnea Dobre, Oana Matei. Invited speakers: Antonio Clericuzzio, Koen Vermeir, Silvia Manzo, Arnauld Pelletier.