Book and event on Uriel da Costa

On Tuesday 26 Julyat 5 pm, at the Warburg Institute, London, there will be the presentation of a new book on Uriel Da Costa, edited by Omero Proietti and Giovanni Licata. It is part of a series on the history of Spinozism, published by the University of Macerata (Italy), under the direction of Filippo Mignini. More information available here:

The presentation is organized by Guido Giglioni and Giovanni Licata. Prof. Jill Kraye and Prof. Stephen Clucas will also be there.

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Equal by Design is freely available online #EqualbyDesign

Please take a look at our film about Spinoza, equality, and the UK housing crisis!

Join or view the discussion on Twitter #EqualbyDesign or tweet us @EqualitiesofWB

Equalities of Wellbeing in Philosophy and Architecture

Project film Equal by Design is now freely available to view and share online:

Based on Peg Rawes’ and Beth Lord’s research from the Equalities of Wellbeing project, the film is a 25-minute documentary about how the philosophy of Spinoza helps us to think about inequality, housing design, and the UK housing crisis.

It features contributions from architects Peter Barber, Alex Ely, and Sarah Wigglesworth; Shelter’s Deborah Garvie and former director of the Equality Trust, Duncan Exley; geographer Danny Dorling and Guardian writer Oliver Wainwright. The film was directed by Adam Low and produced by Martin Rosenbaum of Lone Star Productions.

Additional filmed interviews on the website provide further context for the film.

We hope you enjoy the film and would love to hear your feedback. After viewing, please fill in a short audience survey.

Media and other enquiries: please contact Beth Lord or Peg Rawes.

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Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy IV

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen (NL), 18-19 February 2017

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

Built on the success of the previous 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions, which brought together scholars from all over Europe and North America, this Seminar aims to bring together advanced students and established scholars working on early modern philosophy (broadly conceived, ranging from the later scholastics to Kant). The intention is to come to a workshop-type of collaboration in order to stimulate scholarly exchange in our field.

The Dutch Seminar is part of the activities of the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought ( based at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen, and of the OZSW Study Group in Early Modern Philosophy. The language of presentation and discussion is English. Please note that this year the Seminar takes place during the weekend (Saturday 18th February whole day, Sunday 19th February until 1pm).

Keynote speakers:

Prof Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard University)

Dr Emily Thomas (University of Groningen / Durham University)


Call for papers

Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture (on any topic relevant to early modern philosophy) to Dr Andrea Sangiacomo ( by October 15, 2016. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a .docx file (please do not use pdf format). 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 outcome of the review by December 20. We will do our best to send the reviewers’ reports to all participants in order to provide useful feedback on the abstracts.

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


Andrea Sangiacomo (

Spinoza: the Political and the Metaphysical

Spinoza: The Political and the Metaphysical (3)
Ghent University
June 23, 2016

Location: Simon Stevin Room, Plateau-Rozier, Jozef Plateaustraat 22, 9000 Gent


9:30-10:00: Welcome/coffee

10:00-11:00: Daniel Schneider (Cambridge University), “Spinoza’s Ontological Argument: Essence, Thought, and Existence”

11:00-12:00: Michael Rosenthal (University of Washington), “Spinoza on ‘Civil Orders,’ or What is an ‘Ideal Constitution’?”

12:00-13:00: Tinneke Beeckman (author) , “Spinoza, contemporary philosopher”


Attendance is free. All are welcome!


New book on Spinoza and Levinas

Richard Cohen, Out of Control: Confrontations between Spinoza and Levinas (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016); 370pp.

After the end of superstitious religion, what is the meaning of the world? Baruch Spinoza s answer is truth, Emmanuel Levinas s is goodness: science versus ethics. In “Out of Control,” Richard A. Cohen brings this debate to life, providing a nuanced exposition of Spinoza and Levinas and the confrontations between them in ethics, politics, science, and religion.

Spinoza is the control, the inexorable defensive logic of administrative rationality, where freedom is equated to necessity a seventeenth-century glimpse of Orwellian doublespeak and Big Brother. Levinas is the way out: transcendence not of God, being, and logic but of the other person experienced as moral obligation. To alleviate the suffering of others nothing is more important! Spinoza wagers everything on mathematical truth, discarding the rest as ignorance and illusion; for Levinas, nothing surpasses the priorities of morality and justice, to create a world in which humans can be human and not numbers or consumers, drudges or robots.

Situating these two thinkers in today s context, “Out of Control” responds to the fear of dehumanization in a world flattened by the alliance of positivism and plutocracy. It offers a nonideological ethical alternative, a way out and up, in the nobility of one human being helping another, and the solidarity that moves from morality to justice.”

More information from

Pre-doctoral grant in Early Modern Philosophy (Brussels)

Within the ARC project directed by Arnaud Pelletier, professor for philosophy at the ULB, Brussels, Belgium (, there is a vacancy for one eight-month “Seed-Money” grant for preparing a PhD project on any aspect of early modern philosophy (roughly from Descartes to Kant).

The topic is up to the applicant: it could touch, for example but with no limitation, the issue of practical reason before Kant (which is related to the ARC project). In any case, the project should be original and feasible. Decision will be made only on the basis of the overall quality of the application.

The applicant will have to develop his/her initial project by writing a detailed state of the art and by undertaking preliminary investigations. The objective is to write, in the course or at the end of the grant, an application for a fully funded three- or four-year PhD grant at the Belgian National Funds for Scientific Research (FNRS) or at the ULB. The candidate will work under the supervision of Arnaud Pelletier; s/he will be part of the Research Center in Philosophy (; s/he will have to participate in the activities of the Center and of the Research Group in Modern Philosophy; s/he will have to involve in other scientific activities (publishing book reviews, presenting papers at a conference, starting the writing of an article, etc.). The thesis can be written in French or in English

Requirements:    – MA in Philosophy (passed between June 2014 and October 1, 2016)

– very good grades in all courses

Duration: 8 months, from October 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017

Amount: ca. € 1880,00 (netto) per month (for EU citizens; approx. € 15 000, 00 for 8 months)

Applicants should send, in French or in English, the following files to

1)            a cover letter (explaining the applicant’s adequacy with the topic s/he wants to work on)

2)            a detailed CV (including an academic transcript mentioning all grades)

3)            a brief doctoral project (4 pages + bibliography)

4)            a writing sample (about 10 pages, possibly from the Master thesis)

For all practicalities, non-Belgian candidates can benefit from the support of the ULB Welcome Desk for international researchers.


Applications must be sent before September 3, 2016. For any further information, please feel free to contact Arnaud Pelletier (

“Spinoza et ses amis” Workshop

Spinoza et ses amis:

A Workshop organized by the Spinoza Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’études sur Spinoza

Mc Gill University, Room LEA 927

June 17, 2016


Participants and affiliations:

Rodolfo Garau (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)

Syliane Malinowski-Charles (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)

Jon Miller (Queen’s University)

Andrea Sangiacomo (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)

Hasana Sharp (McGill University)



Oberto Marrama (UQTR) and Torin Doppelt (Queen’s University)



9:40 – 10:00: Coffee and welcome

10:00 – 11:00: Rodolfo Garau: “Spinoza’s Theory of Self-Preservation in its Historical Context”

11:10 – 12:10: Andrea Sangiacomo: “A Spinozistic Approach to Relational Autonomy: The Case of Prostitution”

14:00 – 15:00: Syliane Malinowski-Charles: “On the Difference Between Consciousness and Idea Ideae in Spinoza”

15:10 – 16:10: Hasana Sharp: “Generosity as Freedom in Spinoza’s Ethics”

16:20 – 17:20: Jon Miller: “”Cosmopolitanism in Spinoza’s Ethics”