[H-verkko] Helsinki, Konferenssi: “Unusual emptiness of the title-page” – Bernard Mandeville’s Fable of the bees

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Konferenssi: “Unusual emptiness of the title-page” – Bernard
Mandeville’s Fable of the bees

Helsinki, Fabianinkatu 24
12.6.2014 klo 10:00 – 14.6.2014 klo 17:00

In the preface to Part II of Fable of the bees, published in 1729, Bernard
Mandeville explains the ‘unusual emptiness of the title-page’ of that
particular work. The reason why the author felt the need to use such robust
expression to describe the title was that Part II was a book that was in many
ways different from Fable of the bees, published in 1714 (and further extended
in 1723). This void was still widened in 1732 when the sequel to Part II was to
be published as An Enquiry into an origin of honour; and the usefulness of
Christianity in war instead of ‘Fable of the bees, Part III’. At the same
time, in 1729, with the ‘unusual emptiness of the title-page’, Mandeville
managed to draw the reader’s attention to the title of the original Fable and
the paradoxical nature of its notorious maxim: ‘private vices, public

Bernard Mandeville and his Fable of the bees have created noise over the past
300 years or so, but despite some great efforts, he is still predominantly a
neglected and underestimated figure in early modern medicine, science and moral
and political thought. Figuratively speaking, the title-sheet is still empty.
The purpose of this symposium is to help to change this. In addition to the task
of augmenting the Europe-wide celebrations of 300 years of the Fable, the
symposium continues in the spirit of earlier Mandeville workshops (Ghent 2011,
Fribourg 2012 and Princeton 2013). The symposium in Helsinki brings together
experts on Mandeville and the eighteenth century from the Netherlands, England,
Scotland, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, USA, Australia, Mexico
and Finland to discuss all aspects of Mandeville’s thinking over three days.

Mandeville in Helsinki symposium is free and open to all. Please register by


Thursday, June 12
10.00-10.15 Mikko Tolonen, Sari Kivistö & Markku Peltonen (Helsinki): Welcome
10.15-11.00 Harold J. Cook (Brown): “Treating of Bodies Medical and Political:
Mandeville’s Materialism in the Wake of the Revocation of the Edict of
11.00-11.30 Coffee
11.30-12.15 Hans W. Blom (Potsdam): “Human rationality and the mechanisms of
the progress: Bernard Mandeville and the transformation of Dutch
seventeenth-century political thought”
12.15-13.00 Beatrice Guion (Strasbourg): “Anatomizing the invisible Part of
Man: Mandeville reading French Moralists”
13.00-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-14.45 Stephen Gaukroger (Sydney): “Mandeville, the human sciences and
collective properties”
14.45-15.30 Eric Schliesser (Ghent): “Mandeville's Fable and the Authority of
15.30-16.00 Coffee
16.00-16.45 Francis McKee (Glasgow): TBC

Friday, June 13
09.00-09.45 Chris Tilmouth (Cambridge): “Mandeville the satirist and
intellectual history”
09.45-10.30 Tim Stuart-Buttle (Oxford): “Locke and Mandeville on moral
consequences of religion”
10.30-11.00 Coffee
11.00-11.45 Lawrence Klein (Cambridge): “Shaftesbury and Mandeville as
11.45-12.30 Christian Maurer (Fribourg): “Mandeville on Shaftesbury and the
12.30-13.30 Lunch break
13.30-14.15 John Callanan (KCL): “Mandeville's Genealogy of Virtue”
14.15-15.00 Remy Debes (Memphis): “The Shape of Men: Mandeville’s Critique
of Human Dignity”
15.00-15.30 Coffee
15.30-16.15 Craig Smith (Glasgow): “The Ambiguity of Skilful Politicians”
16.15-17.00 Mauro Simonazzi (Camerino): “Vice is not a Crime. Law, Crime and
Punishment in Mandeville's Thought”
17.00-17.30 Coffee
17.30-18.15 Jacqueline Taylor (San Francisco) & Emilio Mazza (Milan):
“Mandeville and du Chatelet on the Love of Luxury”

Saturday, June 14
09.15-10.00 Andrea Branchi (Rome): “‘The Ticklish Foundation of Chastity’,
Bernard Mandeville and Female Honour”
10.00-10.45 Aaron Garrett (Boston): “Women in the Science of Man”
10.45-11.15 Coffee
11.15-12.00 Eugene Heath (SUNY): “A Little World by Itself: Self-Love and
Cognition from Mandeville to Smith”
12.00-12.45 Spiros Tegos (Athens): “The moral portraitist and the moral
caricaturist: Adam Smith's appropriation of Mandeville”
12.45-13.45 Lunch break
13.45-14.30 James A. Harris (St. Andrews): “Fable of the Bees and the
reduction of politics to a science”
14.30-15.15 Adriana Luna-Fabritius (CIDE): “Recasting Happiness and Luxury by
Italian Political Economy: the Reading of Mandeville’s Fables of the Bees”
15.15-15.45 Coffee
15.45-16.30 Dario Castiglione (Exeter): “The Invisible Hand and the Skilful
Politician: A Mandevillian Paradox?”
16.30 Closing

Website: www.helsinki.fi/mandeville
Contact: Mikko Tolonen (mikko.tolonen at helsinki.fi)

Tiedustelut: Mikko Tolonen (mikko.tolonen at helsinki.fi)
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