School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Wiles Colloquia 2009 - Papers

Panel I: Monism in the 1840s

1.Monism and liberal Protestant Theology (Prof. Frederick Gregory, History, University of Florida)

2.Alexander von Humboldt and monism (Prof. Nicolaas Rupke, History of Science, Göttingen)

Panel II: Monism and natural science

3.  Monist conceptions of evolutionary biology: Ernst Haeckel and Auguste Forel (Prof. Olaf Breidbach, History of Science, Jena)

4.  Monism in Britain: Biologists and the Rationalist Press Association (Prof. Peter Bowler, History of Science, Belfast)

5.  Monism and the unity of science (Prof. Paul Ziche, History of Science, Utrecht)

 Panel III: Monism as aesthetics and ethics

6.  Evolutionary monism and aesthetics (Prof. Bernhard Kleeberg, History, Constance)

7.  Haeckel's monist conception of ethics.  Differences between the 'German Darwin' and the English original (Prof. Eve-Marie Engels, Biology, Philosophy Tübingen)

Panel IV: Between naturalistic and spiritualistic monism

8.  Spinoza:  From Pantheism to Scientific Materialism (Prof. Tracie Matysik, History, UT Austin)

9.  Monism and suffering: Theosophy’s mediation of secularism and religion (Prof. Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia Univ., New York)

Panel V: Monism in Britain

10.  Monism in British Social Thought  (Prof. Mark Bevir, Political Science, UC Berkeley) 

11.  Monism and morphology at the turn of the twentieth century (Prof. Sander Gliboff, History of Science, Indiana University)

Panel VI: Monism after 1918:

12.  Monism and dialectical materialism in the Soviet Union and East Germany (Dr. Igor Polianski, History of Medicine, Ulm)

13.  The Double Helix and "two cultures" debate of mid-20th century Britain (Dr. Robert Bud, History of Science, London)