Spinoza and Proportion is the major academic conference of the AHRC Equalities of Wellbeing project. In this project we are investigating how a concept of equality based on geometrical proportion – a concept we take to be present in Spinoza’s philosophy and in architecture – can help us to understand individual and community wellbeing and to develop models for improving the equal distribution of wellbeing through housing design. For more information about the project, see http://www.equalitiesofwellbeing.co.uk

Originally posted on Equalities of Wellbeing in Philosophy and Architecture:

Spinoza and Proportion

A conference of the AHRC Equalities of Wellbeing project

7-8 May 2015, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

CALL FOR PAPERS: Deadline 1 December 2014

This conference will explore proportion in Spinoza’s philosophy. We are interested in papers that treat any aspect of this topic both within and outside of philosophy; interdisciplinary papers, and papers from people at any career stage (including PhD students) are welcome. Papers should fit broadly into one of three thematic areas:

  • Geometrical proportion. For example, papers could address the geometrical method, Spinoza’s use of mathematical and geometrical examples, ratio and analogy, or connections between Spinoza’s philosophy and music, drawing, building, or design.
  • Proportions of individuals. For example, papers could address proportions of motion and rest, proportions of reason and imagination, relational properties, adequacy, parallelism, or part-whole relations.
  • Proportion in communities. For example, papers could address proportions of power in political systems, proportional…

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Hosted by the Institute of Intellectual History, University of St Andrews

10-11 October, 2014


Hannah Dawson (New College of the Humanities): ‘Locke on Natural Law’

Lena Halldenius (Lund): ‘Wollstonecraft and Republicanism’

Adamas Fiucci (Chieti): ‘Natural Law in Montaigne’s Political Thought’

Johan Olsthoorn (LSE): ‘Rights, Justice and Injury in Grotius and Hobbes’

Veronika Szanto (Eotvos Lorand University): ‘Vitalism and Political Radicalism in C17th England’

Steph Marston (Birkbeck): ‘Spinoza as Debunker of Natural Rights Theories’

Alfonso Vergaray (California University of Pennsylvania): ‘Normative Uncertainty in Spinoza’s Tractatus’

Martin Otero-Knott (Cambridge): ‘Cocceji and the Critique of Sociality’

Annelien De Dijn (Amsterdam): ‘Rousseau and Republicanism’

Jan Kvetina (Charles University): ‘Rousseau and Poland’

For the full programme, see:


For further information, and to register, contact James Harris at jah15@st-and.ac.uk

This event is supported by the Scots Philosophical Association.



Université de Liège (ULg) / Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Vendredi 27 mars 2015
ULg, Liège, Belgique

Conférenciers invités :

Prof. Gary Hatfield (University of Pennsylvania, États-Unis)

Dr. Vili Lähteenmäki (University of Jyväskylä, Finlande)

Les départements de philosophie de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) et de l’Université de Liège (ULg) organisent conjointement un colloque intitulé « Conceptions et usages de l’attention au XVIIe siècle » qui se déroulera le 27 mars 2015 à l’Université de Liège (Place du XX août), dont la présentation suit ci-dessous. Cet appel à contributions est destiné à compléter le programme de la journée (1 ou 2 communications seront retenues) qui fera ensuite l’objet d’une publication en langue française.

Les propositions de communication ne devront pas dépasser 500 mots et devront être adressées sous la forme d’un fichier pdf anonyme, au plus tard le 1er décembre 2014 à olivier.dubouclez@ulg.ac.be et arnaud.pelletier@ulb.ac.be. Elles feront l’objet d’une évaluation à l’aveugle. Une réponse sera donnée avant le 15 janvier 2015.

Il est à noter qu’aucune aide financière ne pourra être apportée par l’organisation du colloque pour les frais de voyage et d’hôtel des participants.

CFP-attention (Liège)

The annual joint conference of the Society for European Philosophy and the Forum for European Philosophy takes place at the University of Utrecht, Sept. 3-5 2014.

The conference programme is now available and registration is open. Papers cover the whole range of European philosophy, including two panels (= 8 papers) on Spinoza.

Programme and registration information available here: http://philosophyafternature.org/

The SEP/FEP conference is the largest annual event in Europe that aims to bring together researchers, teachers and others, from different disciplines, interested in all areas of contemporary European philosophy. This year’s theme will be Philosophy After Nature, with speakers engaging with notions of critique, science, ecology, technology and subjectivity as bound up with conceptions of nature, while experimenting with various positions in contemporary thought.

Keynote speakers: Michel Serres, Rahel Jaeggi, Mark B.N. Hansen, Francoise Balibar

Spinoza panellists:

Beth Lord – ‘Spinoza’s Ratios and Relational Autonomy’

Peg Rawes – Spinoza’s Geometric Thinking and Housing Rights’

Christopher Thomas – ‘Spinoza’s Problem of Indeterminacy and Melville’s Bartleby’

Caroline Williams – ‘Thinking Nature After Spinoza: Towards a Morphology of Subjectivity’

Matthew J. Kisner – ‘Spinoza’s Activities’

Keith Green – ‘Suicide and Self-Hatred in Light of Spinoza’s Account of Activity’

Andrea Sangiacomo – ‘Paternalism and Autonomy in Light of Spinoza’s Account of Action’

Keren Mock – ‘Baruch Spinoza’s Hebrew “Naturae Nominis”: Modification, Conservation and Generation’

This conference is closely followed by the Spinoza and Relational Autonomy Workshop in nearby Groningen on Sept. 6.

Information on the SEP-FEP conference: http://philosophyafternature.org/

September 26-28, 2014



Friday, September 26

3:30-5:30       Edwin McCann, USC: Amphibolizing Leibniz: Kant’s Critical Discussion of Leibniz’s Unifying account of Unity

Saturday, September 27

9-10              Lewis Powell, University at Buffalo, SUNY: Reid v Hume on Predication and Belief

10:10-11:10       Timothy Yenter, University of Mississippi: Hume’s Criteria for Successful Demonstrations

11:20-12:20       Antonia LoLordo, University of Virginia: Jonathan Edwards’ Argument for Immaterialism

1:30-2:45       Martha Bolton, Rutgers University: Descartes on Extended Substances, Bodies and Motion

2:55-3:55       Melissa Frankel, Carleton University: Berkeley on Our Knowledge of External Objects

4:15-5:15       Geoffrey Gorham, Macalaster College and Edward Slowik, Winona State University: Locke on Space and Time: Combining Empiricism and Absolutism

5:20-6:20       Julia Jorati, The Ohio State University: Leibnizian Contingency and the Precipice of Spinozism


Sunday, September 28

9-10               Justin Steinberg, Brooklyn College, CUNY: Desire and Affect in Spinoza’s Account of Motivation

10:10-11:10       Raffaella De Rosa, Rutgers-Newark: Descartes’ Arguments for the Innateness of Sensations

11:20-12:20       Scott Ragland and Everett Fulmer, St Louis University: There is no Circle in the Fourth Meditation


All events will take place in Curtin Hall, Room 175, 3243 N. Downer Ave, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at the Astor Hotel, 924 E. Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, 1-800-558-0200 or 1-414-271-4220, at a conference rate of $80/night UNTIL AUGUST 25. The hotel will provide a shuttle to the conference.

Radboud University Nijmegen (NL), 23-24 February 2015.


Keynote speakers:

Pauline Phemister (University of Edinburgh)

Wiep van Bunge (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)

We are pleased to announce the second meeting of the Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy.

Built on the success of the previous 2014 edition, which brought together scholars from all over Europe and North America, this Seminar aims to bring together advanced students and scholars working on early modern philosophy (broadly conceived, ranging from the later scholastics to Kant). Like kindred workshops, the intention is to stimulate scholarly exchange and collaboration in this area.

The Dutch Seminar is organized jointly by the Radboud University Nijmegen and the University of Groningen. The language of presentations and discussions alike is English.

Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture (on any topic relevant to early modern philosophy) to Dr. Andrea Sangiacomo (A.Sangiacomo@rug.nl) by November 1. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a .docx file. The author’s name and contact information (name, affiliation, email and professional status – doctoral student; postdoc; lecturer; etc.) should also be specified in your e-mail message.

The abstracts will be peer-reviewed and you will be notified of the review’s outcome by December 30. We will do our best to send the reviewers report to all participants in order to provide in any case a hopefully useful feedback on their abstract.

There are no fees for registration. Attendance is free and all listeners welcome. However, no financial help can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.

For updates, full program and suggestions for accommodation and stay in Nijmegen, please check the website (http://www.philos.rug.nl/Dutch%20Seminar/) and join the facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/DutchSeminarInEarlyModernPhilosophy).


Contacts:  Christoph Lüthy (c.luethy@ftr.ru.nl), Andrea Sangiacomo (A.Sangiacomo@rug.nl)

Dignity, Respect, and Esteem in 17th- and 18th- Century Moral Philosophy before Kant

Université de Lausanne, September 5 & 6



Lisa Broussois (Université de Lausanne)
Remy Debes (University of Memphis)
Knud Haakonssen (Max-Weber-Kolleg, Erfurt)
James A. Harris (University of St. Andrews)
Christian Maurer (Université de Fribourg)
James Moore (Concordia University, Montreal)
Michael J. Seidler (Western Kentucky University)
Jacqueline Taylor (University of San Francisco)
Simone Zurbuchen (Université de Lausanne)

Organisers: Simone Zurbuchen (Université de Lausanne) and Christian Maurer (Université de Fribourg)

For further information, please visit the conference websites

- http://www.philosophie.ch/events/upload/pub/654_Affiche.pdf

- http://philosophie.cuso.ch/programme-des-activites/detail-cours/item/courses/dignite-respect-et-estime-dans-la-philosophie-morale-aux-17eme-et-18eme-siecles-avant-kant/

or contact the organiser simone.zurbuchenpittlik@unil.ch


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