Spinoza Society of Canada meeting

First Meeting of the Spinoza Society of Canada: Current Debates and Ongoing Research

CPA Congress 2016, University of Calgary

Scurfield Hall, Room 268

June 1, 2016


Recent scholarly interest in Spinoza has been increasing in both volume and notoriety. As a result of this increased interest, we have founded the Canadian Spinoza Society to promote and connect Canadian English and French-language research and scholars with each other and the rest of the world. In this spirit, the symposium will present papers in both languages, from both Canadian and American scholars. These papers will cover topics in Spinoza’s ethics, method, metaphysics, physics, politics, and psychology, as well the interrelations between these domains, which are a key characteristic of Spinoza’s unique contribution to the history of philosophy, and which help highlight his continuing value today.


Participants and affiliations:

Ericka Tucker (Marquette University)

Karolina Hübner (University of Toronto)

Torin Doppelt (Queen’s University)

Alexandre Rouette (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)

Sarah Kizuk (Marquette University)

Oberto Marrama (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)



14:00 – 14:40: Ericka Tucker: Power and Freedom in Spinoza’s Democratic Theory

14:40 – 15:20: Karolina Hübner: Spinoza on Expression

15:30 – 16:00: Torin Doppelt: Spinoza’s Seemingly Absurd Love of God

16:00 – 16:30: Alexandre Rouette: Le concept de « corpora simplicissima » dans la physique spinoziste

16:30 – 17:00: Sarah Kizuk: Bodies in Spinoza’s Metaphysical Theory of Individuation: Fixed Movement and the Drive to Persevere in Being

17:00 – 17:30: Oberto Marrama: Common notions and common properties in Spinoza’s theory of knowledge

Please see attached document for full information: First Meeting of the Spinoza Society of Canada (Schedule)

Colloquium “Spinoza France Etats-Unis”

A very exciting event in Paris, June 3-4, 2016, with many prominent speakers. See the attached PDF2016 05 10 programme SFEU pour diffusion for programme, registration and contact information.

A short description from the programme:

“Though philosophy may not know nationalities, it does know languages. It is in this manner that traditions of interpretation are created, traditions that share common references but whose differences make their confrontations necessary. The development of Spinoza research in the United States over the last decades, from often profoundly renovated historical, ontological, logical, moral, and political perspectives, justifies the organization of a discussion with contemporary French interpreters of Spinoza, heirs to the French Spinozist tradition. The International Colloquium Spinoza France États-Unis, will be the site for such a discussion, both friendly and scientific.”

New book: Affectivity and Philosophy after Spinoza and Nietzsche

Affectivity and Philosophy After Spinoza and Nietzsche, by Stuart Pethick, investigates a much neglected philosophical connection between two of the most controversial figures in the history of philosophy, Benedict Spinoza and Friedrich Nietzsche. It is claimed that these thinkers break with the classical image of philosophy as looking beyond affectivity for a knowledge of the world that can allow us to attain surety of judgement, virtue and happiness, and instead insist that the task of philosophy is not to judge what is right or wrong, but understand how it is that we come to make such judgements. As Spinoza famously remarks, we do not desire something because it is good; we rather call something good because we desire it. Philosophy for Spinoza and Nietzsche thus traces the affective genesis of our desires to help us compose our relations in the world in the most joyful manner possible.  The crucial orientating role of affective experience thus joins these two disparate thinkers in a single and rare task: to make knowledge the most powerful affect.

More information on the publishers website: http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137486059

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Equal by Design: London screening June 15

A film about Spinoza, equality, and the UK housing crisis. London screening just announced. All welcome. Free but ticketed via link below.

Equalities of Wellbeing in Philosophy and Architecture

Please join us for a screening of Equal by Design, the project film of the Equalities of Wellbeing project, followed by a Q&A and reception.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 7:00-9:00 PM

UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre – Wilkins Building UCL Main Campus, Gower Street, London

This event is open to all. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite

Equal By Design is a 25-minute documentary film about equality, wellbeing and the UK housing crisis. Made with Lone Star Productions, it examines economic and housing inequality in the UK housing crisis, with contributors from the architectural profession, national charities, journalism and academia.

The film shows how Spinoza’s theory of wellbeing and equality can be used to analyse housing and income inequalities, and how his ideas relate to post-war and current-day social housing design.

Screening supported by Urban Lab Films.

Authors: Peg Rawes and Beth Lord

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CFP: Halle seminar in early modern philosophy

We welcome abstracts for the Halle Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy / Hallenser Seminar zur Philosophie der Neuzeit, to be held from 3 to 5 November, 2016. The seminar aims at bringing together scholars working on topics in early modern philosophy, covering roughly the period from Bacon and Montaigne to Kant. There are no restrictions as to subject matters though we are particularly interested in papers on pre-Kantian philosophy.

Keynote speakers: Stefanie Buchenau (Paris) and Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest).

Papers can be read in English or German and should be prepared for around 40 minutes reading time. Please send abstracts of around 500 words to Falk Wunderlich (falk.wunderlich@phil.uni-halle.de). Deadline: 1 August 2016.

The seminar is organized by Katerina Mihaylova (katerina.mihaylova@phil.uni-halle.de) and Falk Wunderlich (falk.wunderlich@phil.uni-halle.de). It is hosted and supported by Seminar für Philosophie, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle, Immanuel-Kant-Forum, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für die Erforschung der europäischen Aufklärung (IZEA) and Landesforschungsschwerpunkt Aufklärung – Religion – Wissen (ARW). Please note that we are unable to provide funding for travels and accomodation. There will also be a conference fee of 30 €.

Equal by Design: Scottish premiere

Equal by Design, a documentary film about Spinoza, equality, wellbeing, and housing. Tickets available now for the Scottish premiere on 28 May, 2016 at the University of Aberdeen.

Information about a London screening is coming soon!

Equalities of Wellbeing in Philosophy and Architecture

Equal by Design, project film of the Equalities of Wellbeing project, will have its Scottish premiere at the University of Aberdeen May Festival on Saturday 28 May at 4:00 PM.

Equal by Design, by Peg Rawes and Beth Lord, directed by Adam Low and produced by Lone Star Productions, is a 25-minute documentary exploring how Spinoza’s philosophy connects to housing design for wellbeing and the current crisis in affordable housing.

Following the film screening there will be a discussion and Q&A with the project team, the filmmakers, and Rosemary Brotchie of Shelter Scotland.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Book your tickets online here.

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Symposium: Spinoza’s Translations (Minneapolis)

Spinoza Scholarship Group Symposium

Spinoza’s Translations: New Directions in Spinoza Scholarship

April 15-16, 2016, Minneapolis


Friday, April 15

WORKSHOP I  |  Kiarina Kordela  |  Macalester College

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Spinoza’s Sovereignty: Fantasy and the Immanent Decision of Interpretation


 Saturday, April 16

WORKSHOP II  |  Warren Montag  |  Occidental College

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 The Place of Hatred in the Theologico-Political Apparatus


WORKSHOP III  |  Hasana Sharp  |  McGill University

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Spinoza in the Anthropocene



5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Do Not Add to His Words: The Problem of Translation in Chapter Seven of Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise



Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

 135 Nicholson Hall

Cesare Casarino: casarino@umn.edu, Anjali Ganapathy: ganap002@umn.edu

Pre-circulated workshop papers  | RSVP: ganap002@umn.edu