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Spinoza Colloquium, Leipzig, Thursday, April 9th, 2015

 

Whoever happens to be in the area: At Leipzig University there will be a first session of a newly founded Spinoza Colloquium this Thursday that is meant to create a space for the discussion of Spinoza-related research interests and projects. 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 kick-off event will take place on Thursday, April 9th, 2015, from

3 to 6 pm 15-18h, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum (GWZ) Beethovenstraße 15, 04107 Leipzig, room 4.1.16.

There will be two talks by Prof. Robert Schnepf (Halle), „Spinoza und die Ökonomie. Spurensuche und Probleme“, and by Prof. Martin Saar (Leipzig), „Radikale Aufklärung. Spinoza und die politische Theorie“.

 

For more info see:

http://www.sozphil.uni-leipzig.de/cm/powi/files/2014/04/Spinoza-Kolloquium-Lpzg.-9.4.2015.pdf

Sally Haslanger currently holds the Spinoza Chair at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Amsterdam and will deliver the accompanying two Spinoza Lectures on ‘Critical Theory and Practice’ on April 9 + May 21.

Haslanger’s first Spinoza Lecture is entitled ‘Ideology and Materiality’.

Abstract: Social life is ideologically governed. Our actions and interactions are both constrained and enabled by cultural schemas. It is tempting to conclude that the social world is, therefore, mind-dependent and, perhaps, less than fully objective. However, ideology works through social practices that engage, produce, and reproduce the material world. As a result, our schemas are reflected in and reinforced by the world around us. The lecture examines ways in which ideology is, instead, dependent on the objectivity and the materiality of the social world, and the implications of this for social change.

Sally Haslanger is Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her most recent book, Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique (Oxford 2012) received the Joseph B. Gittler Award for outstanding scholarly work in the philosophy of one or more of the social sciences. Haslanger earned her PhD at the University of California-Berkeley (1985) after receiving an MA at the University of Virginia (1979) and a BA at Reed College (1977).

Date and time: Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 20:15.

The Aula will open at 19:30.

Location: Aula of the University of Amsterdam, Oude Lutherse kerk, Singel

411

Admission is free (no reservation required).

 

On Thursday, May 21, Haslanger will give the second Spinoza Lecture entitled ‘Ideology and Morality’.

See also: http://www.uva.nl/en/news-events/events/lectures-and-debates/item/spinoza-lecture-ideology-and-materiality.html

Spinoza Beyond Philosophy, the book of the Spinoza Research Network, is now out in an affordable paperback edition from Edinburgh University Press.

A discount flyer is available to order the book for the low price of £16.99 (regular price: £19.99): Spinoza Beyond Philosophy Voucher

Spinoza Beyond Philosophy contains 10 engaging essays that take Spinoza “beyond” philosophy and connect his work with various other disciplines including music, ecology, architecture, politics, and literature.

Introduction (Beth Lord)
“Subjectivity without the Subject”: Thinking beyond the subject with/through Spinoza (Caroline Williams)
Spinoza’s Non-Humanist Humanism (Michael Mack)
The Ethical Relation of Bodies: Thinking with Spinoza towards an affective ecology (Anthony Paul Smith)
Spinoza’s Architectural Passages and Geometric Comportments (Peg Rawes)
The Secret History of Musical Spinozism (Amy Cimini)
Visual work by Lance Brewer, Christina Rawls, and Shelley Campbell
Thinking the Future: Spinoza’s Political Ontology Today (Mateusz Janik)
Spinoza’s Empty Law: The Possibility of Political Theology (Dimitris Vardoulakis)
Which Radical Enlightenment? Spinoza, Jacobinism, and Black Jacobinism (Nick Nesbitt)
George Eliot, Spinoza, and the Ethics of Literature (Simon Calder)
Coleridge’s Ecumenical Spinoza (Nicholas Halmi)

Find out more about Spinoza Beyond Philosophy here.

 

22-23 May 2015

Conference in French and English. Note graduate student bursaries available (see end of post).

 

Université Paris-Est Creteil, Vendredi 22 mai 2015, Salle de Thèses, 14h00, Campus Centre, 61 avenue du Général de Gaulle (94010, Créteil).

 

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Samedi 23 mai 2015, salle Halbwachs, 9h00, 17 rue de la Sorbonne (75005, Paris).

 

En 1979, Pierre Macherey publiait son Hegel ou Spinoza, l’un des derniers volumes de la collection ‘Théorie’, dirigée par Louis Althusser. Ce texte marquait la conclusion d’un projet commencé bien avant avec l’effort systématique de séparer Marx de Hegel (y compris du Hegel dans Marx) et d’établir la différence spécifique qui caractérise la conception matérialiste de la dialectique, de la contradiction historique et de la conjoncture. Dans un autre sens, toutefois, la conclusion de ce projet ouvrait la voie à une nouvelle entreprise, celle d’identifier et de s’approprier un autre Hegel, un Hegel au-delà de Hegel, un Hegel qui se donnerait comme la critique la plus puissante de l’hégélianisme lui-même. Alors que le travail de Macherey semblait poser Spinoza comme la réponse ou l’antidote à Hegel, ainsi que le moyen de purger son ‘idéalisme’ à jamais, nous sommes maintenant en mesure de voir plutôt l’effet opposé : c’est comme si projetant Spinoza sur Hegel, et seulement ainsi, le conflit de Hegel contre lui-même devenait visible et exploitable. Tout comme Hegel ne pouvait s’approprier Spinoza qu’à travers une série de remplaçants : Descartes, Kant, Plotin, il ne pouvait maintenant saisir sa propre philosophie, ou ce qui était vraiment nouveau en elle, que dans la forme d’un danger qui s’appelle Spinoza. Au-delà d’une procédure strictement chronologique qui comprendrait la réponse hégélienne à Spinoza comme une défense ou une méconnaissance, ou à l’inverse comme si Spinoza était la réfutation avant la lettre de Hegel, il est temps de saisir leur complicité inavouée. Macherey a ouvert la voie à une conception de Hegel sive Spinoza, à une traduction et un détournement qui produisent une chose singulière. C’est ce parcours que nous proposons de suivre dans ce colloque.

 

Programme :

Université Paris-Est Creteil, 22 Mai, Salle de Thèses 14h00

 

14h00 – Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University, London et Collège International de Philosophie) et Chantal Jaquet (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) : Ouverture du colloque

14h30 – Hasana Sharp (McGill University, Montreal), Social history as natural history: Spinoza and Hegel

15h30 – Claire Pagès (Collège International de Philosophie) and Pascal Sévérac (Université Paris-Est Créteil), Hegel et Spinoza: éducation et transformation

16h30 – Saverio Ansaldi (Université de Reims), Hegel – Spinoza à la lumière des philosophies françaises du désir : l’exemple de Kojève et Deleuze

17h30 – Pierre-François Moreau (ENS de Lyon), Deux fins de l’histoire

 

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 23 Mai, 2015, salle Halbwachs

 

9h00 – Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen), Spinoza and an indeterminate power of thought

10h00 – Caroline Williams (Queen Mary, University of London), Thinking paths beyond anthropology: Hegel to Spinoza, via Marx

11h00 – Vittorio Morfino (Università di Milano-Bicocca), Ordre des idées et ordre des choses chez Spinoza et Hegel

12h00 – Warren Montag (Occidental College, Los Angeles), Spinoza et la conception de la chose singulière (Ethique II, définition VII)

Break

15h00 – Susan Ruddick (University of Toronto), ‘L’errance du concept’: mutation as method in the work of Macherey

16h00 – Etienne Balibar (Kingston University), Verum index sui et falsi

17h00 – Pierre Macherey (Université Lille Nord de France, emeritus), Hegel ou Spinoza: une question d’actualité?

 

Ce colloque est organisé par: Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University, London et Collège International de Philosophie); Chantal Jaquet (Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne et CHSPM EA 1451); Warren Montag (Occidental College, Los Angeles); Pierre-François Moreau (ENS de Lyon, Cerphi, UMR 5037); Pascal Sévérac (Université Paris-Est Créteil et LIS EA 4395)

 

Un nombre limité de bourses est disponible pour soutenir les étudiants qui ne disposent pas de ressources suffisantes pour assister à la conférence. Les candidatures devront être reçues avant le 15 avril 2015. Merci d’envoyer une lettre de motivation ainsi qu’une lettre de recommandation de votre directeur de recherches afin de soutenir votre candidature à Filippo Del Lucchese (f.dellucchese@gmail.com)

A limited number of bursaries are available to graduate students who do not have support available to attend the conference. Applications must be received by April 15th, 2015. Please send a cover letter and a recommendation letter by your personal tutor or academic mentor to support your application to Filippo Del Lucchese (f.dellucchese@gmail.com).

 

Contact: Filippo Del Lucchese (f.dellucchese@gmail.com)

May 1-2, 2015

Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada

Recent interest in Hobbes and Spinoza has tended to focus on their ideas in historical context. From this perspective, Hobbes is acknowledged to be an important influence on Spinoza, and both are key figures in the development of modern political philosophy and science. Yet many current moral and political thinkers overlook Hobbes and Spinoza, and the connection between them, thus losing out on a major source of insight for current moral and political issues. While some recent notable discussions of Hobbes and Spinoza have applied their methods and ideas to contemporary problems, we think that these discussions are deserving of both greater attention and continued development.

The relative lack of appreciation for Hobbes and Spinoza in contemporary political and moral thought, concomitant with a renaissance in historically oriented Hobbes and Spinoza scholarship, points to the need for increased dialogue between these two domains. To this end, our conference will facilitate this dialogue in order to promote further application of Hobbes’s and Spinoza’s ideas to contemporary moral and political issues.

Programme and information here: http://hands.spinozism.org/

Séminaire Descartes : Nouvelles recherches sur le Traité Théologico-politique de Spinoza Organisateurs : Jean-Pascal Anfray (ENS, Mathesis, République des savoirs), Frédéric de Buzon (Université de Strasbourg), Denis Kambouchner (Université de Paris 1), Martine Pécharman (CNRS-EHESS, CRAL), Sophie Roux (ENS, Mathesis, République des savoirs).

Vendredi 27 mars, 16.30-18.30, 29 rue d’Ulm, salle 235B. Susan James (Birkbeck College, Londres), Natural Rights as Powers: Spinoza’s Transformation

Samedi 28 mars, 09.30-17.00, 45 rue d’Ulm, salle des Résistants. Nouvelles recherches sur le Traité Théologico-politique de Spinoza, avec des interventions de Susan James (Birkbeck College, Londres), Jacqueline Lagrée (Université de Rennes 1), Mogens Laerke (CNRS-ENS de Lyon, CERPHI), Pierre-François Moreau (ENS de Lyon), Michael Rosenthal (University of Washington), Pina Totaro (ILIESI, Rome).

Contact: Martine Pécharman <martinepecharman@GOOGLEMAIL.COM>

Thursday 7 to Friday 8 May 2015

The Senate Room, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews

 

Key Note Speakers:

Thomas Ahnert (University of Edinburgh)

Moira Gatens (University of Sydney)

 

Conference website:

http://www.intellectualhistory.net/scottish-seminar-in-early-modern-philosophy-ssemp-vi/

 

PROGRAMME

Thursday 7 May

9.30-9.45 Welcome and Coffee.

Session I:

9.45-10.30 Ruairidh J. Brown (St. Andrews), “The Peace of Prudence: The Concept of Authenticity in the Thought of Adam Smith”

10.30-11.15 Heikki Haara (Helsinki), “Pufendorf on the Desire for Esteem and Sociability”

11.15-11.30 Break

Key Note

11.30-12.30 Thomas Ahnert (University of Edinburgh), “Habits of

Virtue: ‘Moral Culture’ and Religion in Enlightenment Scotland”

12.30-14.30 Lunch

Session II: Locke

14.30-15.15 Alzbeta Hajkova (Leuven), “The Foundations of Equality in Locke”

15.15-16.30 Alan Nelson (UNC-Chapel Hill), “Locke on Inner Sense and Ideas of Reflection”

16.30-17.00 Break

Special Session: SSEMP Essay Prize winner

17.00-17.45 Stephen Howard (Kingston University), “Why did Leibniz Fail to Complete his Dynamics?”

 

Friday 8 May

9.30-9.45 Coffee

Session III: Hume

9.45-10.30 Jason Fisette (New School), “Hume on the Stoic Rational Passions and ‘Original Existences’”

10.30-11.15 Thomas Pye (Cambridge), “David Hume and the Paradox of English Liberty”

11.15-11.30 Break

Key Note

11.30-12.30 Moira Gatens (University of Sydney), “Spinoza and the Art of Fiction”

12.30-14.30 Lunch

Session IV: Descartes and Spinoza

14.30-15.15 Sarah Patterson (Birkbeck), “Descartes’s Appeal to Devine Veracity”

15.15-16.30 Hannah Laurens (Oxford), “Reconsidering Spinoza’s Rationalism: Overcoming the Passions through Scientia Intuitiva”

16.30-17.00 Break

Session V: Natural Philosophy

17.00-17.45 Han Thomas Adriaenssen and Sander de Boer (Groningen), “Aristotelian Responses to Mechanization. Kenelm Digby and John Sergeant on Natural Philosophy and Metaphysics”

 

Organizers:

Dr. James Harris (University of St Andrews) Dr. Mogens Lærke (CNRS, UMR 5037, ENS-Lyon) (For contacts see conference website)

 

The event is sponsored by:

Scots Philosophical Association

Institute of Intellectual History, University of St Andrews Department of Philosophy, University of St Andrews Brill Academic Publishers British Society for the History of Philosophy (BSHP) ANR Anthropos, ENS de Lyon

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