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Spinoza and Proportion Conference

5-6 May 2015, University of Aberdeen

This conference will explore themes of proportion, ratio, equality, and harmony in Spinoza’s philosophy. On Day 2 there is a special emphasis on Spinoza in relation to architecture and housing (papers by Frichot, Rawes, Kodalak, and White).

A provisional programme is now available below, and for download here: Spinoza and Proportion programme

All are welcome to attend. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required.

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Tuesday 5 May

9:30                         Welcome and introduction

9:35-10:45             Simon Duffy (Yale-NUS College, Singapore), “Proportion as a barometer of the affective life in Spinoza”

10:45-11:55           Valtteri Viljanen (University of Turku), “Spinoza’s ontology geometrically illustrated: a reading of Ethics 2P8S”

12:00-1:00             Lunch: the Hub (Not provided)

1:00-2:10               Anthony Uhlmann (University of Western Sydney), “‘The eyes of the mind': ratio and art in Spinoza and Swift”

2:10-3:20               Timothy Yenter (University of Mississippi), “Harmony in Spinoza and…

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Originally posted on Equalities of Wellbeing in Philosophy and Architecture:

Spinoza and Proportion

A conference of the AHRC Equalities of Wellbeing project

5-6 May 2015, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

This conference will explore different aspects of proportion in Spinoza’s philosophy. We are delighted to announce our list of speakers. Programme and registration information will follow soon. Please follow the blog by email to receive updates.


Simon Duffy (Yale-NUS College, Singapore): “Proportion as a barometer of the affective life in Spinoza”

Helene Frichot (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm): Title TBA

Gokhan Kodalak (Cornell University): “Spinoza, affective architecture, and proportionate power”

Mike LeBuffe (University of Otago): “The place of body in Spinoza’s metaphysics” (by Skype)

Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen): “Spinoza’s ratios and relational autonomy”

Heidi Ravven (Hamilton College): “Ratio and activity: Spinoza’s biologizing of the mind in an Aristotelian key” (by Skype)

Peg Rawes (University College London): Title TBA

Anthony Uhlmann (University of Western Sydney): “‘The eyes of the mind':…

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From 7 to 10 July 2015, the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen will host a Summer School entirely focused on Spinoza and Spinozisms in their historical and philosophical context.

The summer school is intended for graduate students (Master’s and PhD) and post-docs, whose research is significantly connected to Spinoza’s thought.

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 students.

The overall aim of this summer school is to foster interactions and discussions among researchers at different stages of their career, and spark new suggestions for the ongoing debates on Spinoza’s philosophy.

The final deadline for registration is June 1st 2015, the deadline for student presentations is April 20th 2015. The deadline for housing is May 1st 2015.

Invited speakers:
Keith Green (University of East Tennessee)
Matthew Kisner (University of South Carolina)
Henri Krop (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Martin Lenz (University of Groningen)
Syliane Malinowski-Charles (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)
Lodi Nauta (University of Groningen)
Ursula Renz (University of Klagenfurt)
Han van Ruler (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Andrea Sangiacomo (University of Groningen)
Piet Steenbakkers (Utrecht University)

For the full program and information on how to apply:

Contact person: Andrea Sangiacomo (summerschoolphilosophy@rug.nl; A.Sangiacomo@rug.nl)

5th Annual New York City Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy
Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus
March 7-8, 2015

Several interesting Spinoza papers here. Full programme via this link:



Doctoral Workshop with Udo Thiel: Identity and Individuation in Early Modern Philosophy

Date: 4th June 2015

Venue: Philosophisches Seminar Universität Zürich, Zürichbergstrasse 43, 8044 Zürich, Switzerland (Room ZUP U-8) Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Udo Thiel (University of Graz)

Organisers: Lukas Winiker (University of Zurich), David Wörner (University of Zurich)

Scholastic authors in general sought to account for the metaphysics of identity by appealing to the Aristotelian framework of matter and form. However, starting in the seventeenth century, this framework came to be looked upon with growing suspicion, and new accounts of identity were called for. Among early modern thinkers, questions about identity thus often lay at the very heart of some of their most innovative and intriguing proposals. Moreover, these questions interrelate in various ways with other central topics of early modern metaphysics, such as the natures of thinking and material substances.

This workshop will provide doctoral students working on early modern philosophy with the opportunity to present their work on identity and/or individuation and discuss it with Udo Thiel, one of the most renowned experts in the field. Any discussion of at least one of the following questions will be welcome: How did a given early modern author conceive of the identity of material things? How did a given early modern author conceive of the identity of immaterial things or persons? What role did the concept of identity play for a given early modern author’s more general metaphysical or epistemological commitments?

PhD candidates may submit abstracts of no more than 350 words (PDFs only) to david.woerner@philos.uzh.ch. The final material should be suitable for a 20-30 minute presentation followed by a discussion of 30-40 minutes. Submissions should be prepared for blind review with a cover page stating the author’s name and institutional affiliation, the paper title, and the authors contact information, including email address, phone number, and mailing address.

Deadline for submissions: 15th April 2015


Attendance is free, but registration is necessary. Please send an e-mail to david.woerner@philos.uzh.ch (stating your full name, your academic title and your institutional affiliation). Please also state whether you wish to attend the dinner after the workshop.

A few travel bursaries for Swiss graduate students are available. If you wish to be considered please submit a travel budget in addition to your abstract.

The workshop is sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

Spinoza and Hume: practical themes

Saturday 31 January

Location: room A.202

Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp

10:00- 10:05       Introduction

10:05-11:05        What it takes to make life worth living, according to Spinoza. Piet Steenbakkers (Utrecht University, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

11:20-12:20     Fluctuations: manners, tastes and religion (on Hume). Emilio Mazza (International University of Language and Media, Milan)

14:00-15:00        TBA. Susan James (Birkbeck College, London)

15:15-16:15        Education and the female sex: Catharine Macaulay and David Hume. Jacqueline Taylor (University of San Francisco)

Organizers: Willem Lemmens and Rudmer Bijlsma Attendance is free, but please register by January 25th (Rudmer.Bijlsma@uantwerpen.be).

23 – 24 February 2015

Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)

Department of Philosophy (Faculty PTR)

Erasmus Building, Erasmusplein 1, 15th floor, room 15.39/41, 6500 HT Nijmegen

We are pleased to announce the second Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, co-organized by the Department of History of Philosophy at the University of Groningen, the Center for the History of Philosophy and Science at Radboud University Nijmegen and the OZSW Study Group in Early Modern Philosophy.

This Seminar aims to bring together advanced students and scholars working in the domain of Early Modern Philosophy – broadly conceived as ranging from the later scholastics to Kant. The intention of this workshop is to stimulate exchange and collaboration.

Attendance is free and all participants are welcome. However, for logistical reasons, registration is strongly encouraged (to register, please send an email to A.Sangiacomo@rug.nl).


Keynote Speakers

Pauline Phemister (University of Edinburgh)

Wiep van Bunge (Erasmus University Rotterdam)


Contact Christoph Lüthy (c.luethy@ftr.ru.nl) and Andrea Sangiacomo (A.Sangiacomo@rug.nl)


Further information



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 Day 1: Monday, 23 February 2015

9.00   Andreea Mihali (Wilfrid Laurier University): Self-creation in Descartes

10.00          Alexandra Chadwick (Queen Mary): Hobbes’s Reorganisation of ‘Man’s Natural Faculties’

11.15          Francesca Di Poppa (Texas Tech): Diagnosing Superstition in Spinoza

12.15          Ruth Boeker (The University of Melbourne): Locke and Hume on Personal Identity: Moral and Religious Differences

15.00          Oana Matei (Timişoara): Technological Foundations for Ameliorating Nature: The Case of Gabriel Plattes

16.00          Lucia Oliveri (Münster): Leibniz and The Wild Boar

17.15          Yaron Wolf (Oxford): Divine Expectations: Berkeley’s ‘Optical Proof’ and the Contents of Sense Perception

18.15          Keynote Lecture: Pauline Phemister (Edinburgh): Why It Matters What We Think: Leibniz on Harmony


Second Day: Tuesday, 24 February 2015

9.00            Anna Ortín (Edinburgh): Hume, the Problem of Content, and the Idea of the Identical Self

10.00          Lisa Ievers (Auburn): Loose Fictions and Serious Convictions: Exposing the “Madness” in Hume’s Treatise

11.15          Dan O’Brien (Oxford Brookes): Hume on Education

12.15          Keynote Lecture: Wiep van Bunge (Erasmus University Rotterdam): Bayle’s Scepticism Revisited

13.30: End of the Seminar


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