Collegium Spinozanum II

An International Summer School on Spinoza and Spinozisms in Their Historical and Philosophical Context

University of Groningen

Full details: http://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/summer_schools_2017/collegium-spinozanum/

Dates
4 – 7 July 2017
Deadline call for papers: 20 April 2017
Deadline for registration: 1 June 2017
Level
BA, MA, PhD, Post-Doc (staff)
Coordinator
Andrea Sangiacomo
Fee
PhDs and Post-doc (or staff): 150
Undergraduate students: 100
Bachelor students: 50
Housing (optional):
235 (6 nights)
Spinoza

Built on the success of the previous 2015 edition, the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought is pleased to announce the second edition of the Collegium Spinozanum, which will take place at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen from 4 to 7 July 2017.

This Summer School aims to bring together advanced students and established scholars working broadly on Spinoza’s thought, sources and reception. The goal of the Summer School is to create an international forum to stimulate scholarly exchange and conversations inspired by different approaches and methodologies.

During morning sessions, established scholars in several different areas of Spinoza studies will offer seminars on some of the frontier research topics in the field. Afternoon sessions will consist of discussions of selected papers presented by participants and reading groups on short texts belonging to Spinoza’s works, or significant for the reception of Spinoza’s philosophy.

Scholarships and fee waivers are available.

Julie Klein at London Spinoza Circle

Julie Klein (Villanova University) will speak on “Language, Reason,and Intellect in Spinoza” on Friday 10th March, 2 – 4pm (Note change of time).

Dreyfus Room, via  26 Russell Square, Birkbeck College, London WC1B 5DT. The Dreyfus Room is on the top floor of the adjacent building.

“In this paper, I review Spinoza’s critique of language to show that he thinks words are inadequate for, and may even render us unable to pursue, scientia intuitiva.  Coming to terms with Spinoza’s division between language and intellection brings us face to face with a position that separates him from many recent thinkers: he does not take the linguistic turn.  Spinoza’s critique of language also raises a difficult question for us as readers: If words are inapt for intellectual knowing, what is the point of a text like the Ethics?  The TTP offers us three models of texts: Scripture, Euclid’s Elements, and “the true original text of Scripture,” which Spinoza identifies with the human mind.  I argue that the text of the Ethics is not Spinoza’s “philosophy” but rather points us toward it.  As linguistic and as rational, the Ethics offers cognitive training to strengthen the mind’s power of inference, but it does not present knowledge of the third kind.  This, I argue, is the sense of Spinoza’s claim in Ethics 5p28 that a striving or desire for the third kind of knowing can arise from the second kind of knowing and not the first.  In the final section of the paper, I explore the differences between the second and third kinds of knowing and focus on the break between the former and the latter.  I argue, ultimately, that the third kind of knowing is distinguished by its immediacy, which radically exceeds both the first and second kinds of knowing.”

Spinoza PhD Scholarships at Aberdeen

Elphinstone PhD scholarships are available at University of Aberdeen to work on the following projects:

  • Spinoza and German Idealism
  • Spinoza and the Philosophy of Time

Elphinstone scholarships cover full-time student fees and are open to students from anywhere in the world. Please note: no stipend for living costs is provided.

Deadline for applications: 31 March, 2017

For further information, see below, and this page: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-study/elphinstone-phd-scholarships-266.php#arts-and-social-sciences

Contact Dr. Beth Lord (s.b.lord@abdn.ac.uk) to express interest or discuss a research proposal.

 

Spinoza and German Idealism (supervised by Dr. Beth Lord)

The Philosophy Department at the University of Aberdeen welcomes project proposals on Benedict de Spinoza and German Idealism. Applicants may propose projects taking any direction within this broad theme, connecting Spinoza’s thought with that of any of the major German Idealist philosophers (Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel), less-studied idealists (such as Maimon, Trendelenburg, and the German Romantics) or literary figures associated with this movement (such as Goethe and Coleridge). Projects might focus on the reception of Spinoza by German Idealists; monism, rational religion, intellectual intuition, and other concepts the idealists inherited from Spinoza; the Pantheism controversy; Hegel’s critique of Spinoza; idealist elements of Spinoza’s own metaphysics and philosophy of mind; continuities and discontinuities between Spinoza’s political thought and the political doctrines of Hegel and others; the idealist use of Spinoza in eighteenth-century literature; or the role of German idealism in twentieth-century French Spinozist thought. Applicants should already have a good background knowledge of Spinoza or the German Idealist thinker(s) on whom they wish to focus. Those interested in applying are strongly advised to contact the supervisor to discuss project ideas prior to applying.

 

Spinoza and the Philosophy of Time (supervised by Dr. Beth Lord and Dr. Stephan Torre)

The Philosophy Department at the University of Aberdeen welcomes project proposals on Benedict de Spinoza and the Philosophy of Time. Applicants may propose projects taking any direction within this broad theme, focusing either on Spinoza’s own philosophy of time, or on a comparative/critical study of Spinoza and historical and/or contemporary philosophers. For example, projects on Spinoza’s philosophy of time could engage with the metaphysics of the infinite and eternal; the temporality of consciousness; the relationship between space and time; problems of duration and eternity; the possibility of change in Spinoza’s metaphysics; the relationship between time and freedom; the interpretation of the past; the role of prophecy in religion and politics; time and the imagination; or Spinoza’s concept of history. Comparative projects could examine one or more aspects of Spinoza’s philosophy of time in light of problems and theories raised by, for example, Aristotle, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Bergson, McTaggart, Heidegger, Deleuze, and/or any contemporary philosopher(s) of time. The supervisory team consists of a Spinoza specialist and a specialist in philosophy of time. Those interested in applying are strongly advised to contact one or both supervisors prior to applying.

 

The Arts of Spinoza: extended deadline

EXTENDED DEADLINE for submissions for “The Arts of Spinoza + Pacific Spinoza” conference, Auckland, 26-28 May 2017:

Abstracts will now be accepted up to Tuesday 14 February, midnight NZST. Send to pacificspinoza@gmail.com. Abstracts submitted by this date will receive a decision around the second half of March or sooner. (Those who have already submitted abstracts, thank you — decisions will be sent out for these by late February or latest early March.)

Full details at: http://interstices.ac.nz/call-for-papers-spinoza-auckland-2017/

Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: Philosophy of/and Education

Mon 13-Tues 14 March, 2017

Mansfield College

Oxford, OX1 3TF

 

Attendance is free and all are welcome, but we ask that you register by emailing: paul.lodge@mansfield.ox.ac.uk

In addition, there is a conference dinner (£25) on Mon 13th, for which registration and prepayment is required.

 

Monday March 13

9.00-9.30 – Registration and coffee

9.30-10.30 ‘Spinozan Pedagogy.’  Julie Klein (Villanova University)

10.30-11.30  ‘Locke on Habit and Experience in the Formation of the Self.’ Anik Waldow (University of Sydney)

11.30-12.00 – Break

12.00-1.00 ‘Domesticating Descartes: Johann Clauberg’s Scholasticization of the New Science.’  Nabeel Hamid (University of Pennsylvania)

1.00-2.30 – LUNCH

2.30-3.30  ‘Adam Smith’s Remarks on Education.’  Anna Markwart (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń)

3.30-4.30 ‘Music as Moral Authenticity: Reinstating the Role of Music in Rousseau’s Philosophy of Education.’ Valerie Kuzmina (University of Ottawa)

4.30-5.00 – Break

5.00-6.00 ‘Emilie Du Châtelet on Education and Women’s Minds.’ Karen Detlefsen (University of Pennsylvania)

 

Tuesday March 14

9.00-9.30 — Coffee

9.30-10.30 ‘Going to School with Luther: 18th–Century German Philosophical Conceptions of the Modern University and Their Lutheran Heritage.’ Lim Lung Chieh (University of Ottawa)

10.30-11.30 ‘The Socratic Pedagogy of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.’ Sergio A. Gallegos (Metropolitan St. University of Denver) & Adriana Clavel (University of Sheffield)

11.30-12.00 – Break

12.00-1.00 ‘”For the Want Whereof This Nation Perishes”: John Milton on Education.’ Teresa Bejan (University of Oxford)

Lunch – 1.00-2.30

2.30-3.30 ‘Shifting Epistemic Authority and the Role of Education.’ Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University)

Spinoza Colloquium, Leipzig

Spinoza Colloquium Leipzig

Friday February 17th, 2017, 2 to 8 pm

Whoever happens to be in the area: At Leipzig University there will be a fifth session of the Spinoza Colloquium. This activity is a cooperative project between the political science department at Leipzig and the philosophy department at Halle-Wittenberg (and with support from the German Spinoza Society).

This event will again take place at the Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum (GWZ), Beethovenstraße 15, 04107 Leipzig, room 4.1.16.

There will be three talks:

Dr. Kerstin Andermann (Lüneburg): „Spinozas Theorie der Gemeinbegriffe“
Marion Blancher (Lyon): “Individual Freedom and Common Freedom in the Political Theory of Spinoza”
Prof. Katja Diefenbach (Stuttgart/Berlin): „Spinoza oder Descartes? Die Kontroverse zwischen Ferdinand Alquié und Martial Gueroult und ihre Nachwirkungen in der poststrukturalistischen Philosophie“

For more info go to: http://www.sozphil.uni-leipzig.de/cm/powi/martin-saar/

Contact: Martin Saar martin.saar@uni-leipzig.de

New book: Spinoza: the Ethics of an Outlaw

A blurb from the publisher follows.

Spinoza: The Ethics of an Outlaw

By Ivan Segré

Translated by David Broder

Spinoza is among the most controversial and asymmetrical thinkers in the tradition and history of modern European philosophy. Since the 17th century, his work has aroused some of the fiercest and most intense polemics in the discipline. From his expulsion from the synagogue and onwards, Spinoza has never ceased to embody the secular, heretical and self-loathing Jew. Ivan Segré, a philosopher and celebrated scholar of the Talmud, discloses the conservative underpinnings that have animated Spinoza’s numerable critics and antagonists.

Through a close reading of Leo Strauss and several contemporary Jewish thinkers, such as Jean-Claude Milner and Benny Levy (Sartre’s last secretary), Spinoza: the Ethics of an Outlaw aptly delineates the common cause of Spinoza’s contemporary censors: an explicit hatred of reason and its emancipatory potential. Spinoza’s radical heresy lies in his rejection of any and all blind adherence to Biblical Law, and in his plea for the freedom and autonomy of thought. Segré reclaims Spinoza as a faithful interpreter of the revolutionary potential contained within the Old Testament.

For further information please click here.

 

Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy VIII (SSEMP VIII)

University of Edinburgh 10-11 April 2017

Project Room, room 1.06, William Robertson Building
University of Edinburgh, 50 George Square
Edinburgh, EH8 9LH

Key note speakers:
Beth Lord
(University of Aberdeen)
Peter Millican (Oxford University)

Full programme available here

Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Contact: Mogens Lærke: mogenslaerke@hotmail.com

Organisation: Pauline Phemister (Edinburgh), Mogens Lærke (IHRIM, CNRS, ENS de Lyon)

Funding: Scottish Philosophical Association (SPA) / British Society for the History of Philosophy (BSHP)/ Edinburgh University / IHRIM (CNRS, UMR 5317), ENS de Lyon.