Dr Hannah Dawson (University of Edinburgh)

10 September 2010


Convenor: Dr Hannah Dawson (University of Edinburgh)

Following his award of a Balzan Prize, Professor Quentin Skinner established the annual Balzan-Skinner lecture and associated colloquium in modern intellectual history, to be held under the joint auspices of the Faculty of History and CRASSH. The inaugural lecturer is Dr Hannah Dawson of the University of Edinburgh, who has chosen as her theme the normativity of nature. She will examine the relationship between nature and morality in early enlightenment thought. A triumvirate of scholars will then explore certain key moments in the development of the theme: Professor Christopher Gill (University of Exeter) on Stoicism, Professor Sarah Hutton (University of Aberystwyth) on Cambridge Platonism, and Dr Lena Halldenius (Malm? University) on Mary Wollstonecraft.

Programme and Registration


Please click on the link at the right hand side of the page to see a provisional programme. and to book  online.  The attendance fee is £10 standard and a  £5 reduced charge for students, which includes refreshments and lunch.



For administrative enquiries please contact Michelle Maciejewska.


Normativity of Nature: Balzan-Skinner Lecture and Colloquium


Location : CRASSH  Date : Friday 10 September 2010

Dr Hannah Dawson (University of Edinburgh)
The normativity of nature in early-modern thought

Chair: Dr Annabel Brett (University of Cambridge)

Professor Christopher Gill (University of Exeter)
The Stoics on nature as a norm - more credible than it might seem 

Chair: Professor David Sedley (University of Cambridge)

Friday 10 September


11.00 - 11.30


11.30 - 13.00

Welcome and Introduction 


13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 14.45


14.45 - 15.00

Short Break

15.00 - 15.45

Professor Sarah Hutton (University of Aberystwyth)
Cambridge Platonism

Chair: Dr Michael Edwards (University of Cambridge) 

15.45 - 16.15

Tea/coffee Break

16.15 - 17.00

Professor Lena Halldenius (University of Malmö)
Drawing from the ‘original source’: Mary Wollstonecraft and the origin of morality 

Chair: Dr Hannah Dawson (University of Edinburgh)


Reception at CRASSH


Dinner in local restaurant (all welcome)