Spinoza Circle meeting (London)

For the next meeting of the London Spinoza Circle, we are pleased to have Eric Schliesser (University of Amsterdam) who will speak on “Spinoza and 18th Century Anti-mathematicism.”

3pm – 5pm, Wednesday 25th January 2017 at

Birkbeck, University of London, School of Arts, Room B02, 43 Gordon Square, Kings Cross, London WC1H 0PD.

In this presentation, I identify and articulate three different kinds of critical attitudes toward the epistemic status and application of mathematics that were developed in the eighteenth century. Somewhat surprisingly, I suggest that all three of these can be found in the works of Spinoza and, paradoxically, were further developed in light of Spinoza’s own reliance on a geometric mode of presentation. In addition to the writings of Spinoza, I pay particular attention to works by Mandeville, Hume, and Buffon.

 The following meeting of the London Spinoza Circle will be on Friday 10th March, 3pm – 5pm when Julie Klein (Villanova University) will speak on “Language, Reason, and Intellect in Spinoza” (location to be confirmed).

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Seminar: “Meeting Spinoza”

Seminar: ‘Meeting Spinoza: Books, Letters, Networks, Personal Encounters’

Date: October 5-6, 2017

Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands

Confirmed invited speakers: Mogens Laerke (CNRS Lyon), Steven Nadler (Madison-Wisconsin), Antonella del Prete (Tuscia University)

Prospectus

While the old model of Spinoza as a recluse who developed a complete philosophical system in near isolation may no longer dominate scholarship as it once did, the full depth of his interaction with others remains largely unexplored. The seminar ‘Meeting Spinoza: Books, Letters, Networks, Personal Encounters’ seeks to fill this historiographical gap by bringing Spinoza specialists together with other early modern scholars who encounter him through the eyes of the historical figures at the basis of their own research. With the notion of ‘meeting’ in the main title we understand direct engagement with Spinoza during his own lifetime. Nevertheless, as the subtitle conveys, the modality of these meetings may be understood in a wide variety of ways. Papers may therefore consider the reception of Spinoza’s writings, either as they circulated in manuscript form or immediately upon their publication. They may seek to solve specific issues relating to Spinoza’s correspondence, or investigate patterns in his letter writing. We also encourage contributions on the networks in which Spinoza participated, ranging from the Jewish surroundings in which he was raised, to his ambivalent relationship with the Dutch Cartesians, and everything in between, such as the Dutch Collegiant community of his merchant years or even the prominent number of physicians figuring among his associates. A final, related area of interest is constituted by those contemporaries who are known to have met Spinoza in person. This category includes the famous meetings with Henry Oldenburg and Leibniz, but our interest extends also to chance or one-time encounters with lesser known figures, such as the Leiden theologian Salomon van Til. Papers should aim to contribute to our understanding of the man Spinoza, the development of his thought, and the response it evoked, all within the dynamics of the world in which he participated.

Abstracts

Anonymized abstracts (300-500 words) should be sent as a .docx file to Albert Gootjes (a.j.gootjes@uu.nl) by March 15, 2017; please include a separate attachment with contact information, affiliation, and professional status. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by April 15, 2017.

Limited funds are available to cover travel and/or accommodations for presenters who receive no financial support from their institution. Please indicate in your cover letter if you would like to be considered for such a subsidy.

‘Spinoza’s Web’

This seminar is part of the ‘Spinoza’s Web’-projected directed by prof. dr. Piet Steenbakkers, and funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Organisers: Piet Steenbakkers, Jeroen van de Ven, Albert Gootjes

The Spinoza Web

This is quite an amazing resource for all things Spinoza!

 

On 27 November 2016 a website on the Dutch philosopher Benedictus de Spinoza (1632-1677) was launched by a research team based out of Utrecht University’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. ‘The Spinoza Web’ is an open-access website that seeks to make Spinoza’s life, thought, and networks accessible to a wide range of users from interested novices to advanced scholars.

The beta release notably features a ‘Timeline Experience’, which tells the story of Spinoza using rich graphic and other supporting material. The ‘Database Search’ is a gateway to an enormous repository for the study of Spinoza. The goal is eventually to assemble all first-hand documentation pertaining to the philosopher for the use of the worldwide scholarly community.

The team collaborated with a commercial partner (Rotterdam-based advertising agency Nijgh) to produce an attractive website that meets scholarly standards. With the current design, it hopes to work towards a model for websites on historical figures.

The website has been constructed as part of the larger ‘Spinoza’s Web’ project, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The team consists of Prof. Piet Steenbakkers as principal investigator, with Jeroen van de Ven and Albert Gootjes as postdoctoral researchers.

 

New book on Spinoza and Education

Spinoza and Education: Freedom, understanding and empowerment

by Dr. Johan Dahlbeck

Spinoza and Education offers a comprehensive investigation into the educational implications of Spinoza’s moral theory. Taking Spinoza’s naturalism as its point of departure, it constructs a considered account of education, taking special care to investigate the educational implications of Spinoza’s psychological egoism. What emerges is a counterintuitive form of education grounded in the egoistic striving of the teacher to persevere and to flourish in existence while still catering to the ethical demands of the students and the greater community.

In providing an educational reading of Spinoza’s moral theory, this book sets up a critical dialogue between educational theory and recent studies which highlight the centrality of ethics in Spinoza’s overall philosophy. By placing his work in a contemporary educational context, chapters explore a counterintuitive conception of education as an ethical project, aimed at overcoming the desire to seek short-term satisfaction and troubling the influential concept of the student as consumer. This book also considers how education, from a Spinozistic point of view, may be approached in terms of a kind of cognitive therapy serving to further a more scientifically adequate understanding of the world and aimed at combating prejudices and superstition.

Spinoza and Education demonstrates that Spinoza’s moral theory can further an educational ideal, where notions of freedom and self-preservation provide the conceptual core of a coherent philosophy of education. As such, it will appeal to researchers, academics and postgraduate students in the fields of philosophy of education, theory of education, critical thinking, philosophy, ethics, and Spinoza studies.

 

More information from:

https://www.routledge.com/Spinoza-and-Education-Freedom-understanding-and-empowerment/Dahlbeck/p/book/9781138931817

The Arts of Spinoza and Pacific Spinoza

THE ARTS OF SPINOZA + PACIFIC SPINOZA
Interstices Under Construction symposium, 26-28 May 2017.
The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology, Aotearoa New Zealand

Plenaries / keynotes include:
MOIRA GATENS
MICHAEL LEBUFFE
SUSAN RUDDICK
ANTHONY UHLMANN
JACOB CULBERTSON
CARL MIKA
ALBERT REFITI
>> By Skype:
BETH LORD
PEG RAWES

We invite scholarly submissions on the philosophy of Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677), for a special issue of Interstices journal and for the annual Interstices symposium to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, 26-28 May 2017. The intent is to further consolidate the recent intensifications of interest in Spinoza’s thought, and to reaffirm his status as an enormously powerful thinker of contemporary relevance. Papers on any aspect of Spinoza studies are thus welcomed. But the more specific aim of the symposium and journal issue is twofold: firstly, to extend the burgeoning scholarship on Spinoza into the domains of study parsed by Interstices, namely arts and architecture, and secondly, to situate Spinoza’s philosophy within the particular locus of New Zealand, Australasia, the South Pacific, and the Pacific Rim more broadly. Each of these aspects will be tackled in separate sessions or separate days of the symposium.

For more information, please see the conference website.

Call for papers:

Abstracts of 300 words (for fifteen- to twenty-minute paper presentations), along with a short biographical statement of 100 words, to be sent to pacificspinoza@gmail.com, by midnight NZST, 30th January 2017. For purposes of peer review, the abstract should be sent in a separate self-contained file with no identifying information in it. Please send Microsoft Word files only (DOC or DOCX). Abstracts will be vetted through a process of blind peer review.
Selected papers from the symposium will be invited for revision, peer review, and publication in the subsequent issue of Interstices. If you are unable to attend the symposium in New Zealand, but wish to submit a paper for the journal issue (Interstices volume 18, to be published at the end of 2017), please send the full and completed paper to pacificspinoza@gmail.com by 31st May 2017.

Further inquiries can be directed to the convenor EU JIN CHUA, echua@aut.ac.nz; FARZANEH HAGHIGHI, f.haghighi@auckland.ac.nz; or to SUSAN HEDGES, the Coordinating Editor of Interstices, shedges@aut.ac.nz.

Conference website: http://interstices.ac.nz/call-for-papers-spinoza-auckland-2017/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/317422228641761

Conference: Spinoza’s Provocations

This interesting conference takes place at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, on Dec. 1-2. It features papers from Genevieve Lloyd, Dimitris Vardoulakis, Moira Gatens, Aurelia Armstrong, Daniela Voss, Gregg Lambert, Jon Rubin, Janice Richardson, Anthony Uhlmann and Inja Stracenski.

More information from the following link:

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/philosophy/home/events/sponsored_conferences/spinoza_provocations

Beth Lord at the Aristotelian Society

Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen) is presenting a paper at the Aristotelian Society on “Disagreement in the Political Philosophy of Spinoza and Ranciere”, Monday 14 November, 5:30 PM at Senate House in London.

Full details, and a draft of the paper, are available on the Aristotelian Society website.

Podcast of this paper available here: http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2016/11/beth-lord-disagreement-in-the-political-philosophy-of-spinoza-and-ranciere/

Spinoza Circle event – today

With apologies for late posting:

We are pleased to have Adam Sutcliffe of King’s College London coming to give a paper entitled:

Spinoza on the Left: Moses Hess, German Jewish Historical Thought, and Early Nineteenth-Century Radical Politics

3pm, Thursday 3rd November 2016.

Venue: Room B01, Birkbeck College, 30 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DT

https://londonspinozacircle.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/adam-sutcliffe-thursday-3rd-november-2016/