Here is a review of the new Kisner and Silverthorne translation of Spinoza’s Ethics, written by Steve Barbone:
Western Sydney University, Australia
Friday, 7th December 2018
9:30am Conference convenes
9.45am Introduction: Peter Hutchings.
10.00 – 11.00am Opening keynote – Genevieve Lloyd
Spinoza: A Philosopher of the Sublime?
11.00 – 11.30am Morning tea
11.30 – 12.30pm Moira Gatens and Anthony Uhlmann
To Be Done with Hatred: Art as a Plan for Living
12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 – 2.30pm Christopher Thomas
Spinoza on Music and Melancholy
2.30 – 3.30pm Aurelia Armstrong
Spinoza’s therapeutic aesthetics
3.30 – 4.00pm Afternoon Tea
4.00 – 5.00pm Closing keynote – Warren Montag
The Power of Imagining Nonexistent Things as Being Present: Spinoza’s Fictions
The British Society for the History of Philosophy Graduate Essay Prize competition opens on 1 November, and will be accepting submissions up until 30 November.
The competition is open to anyone registered on a Masters’ or PhD degree (any nationality, any country, any discipline), writing on any aspect of the history of philosophy. Essays may be up to 10,000 words long. Entrants need not be members of the BSHP. The prize fund is £1000. Full terms and conditions and submission instructions are available here: https://www.bshp.org.uk/funding/gradprize
Essays will be accepted only during the window 1-30 November, 2018.
The Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought <https://www.rug.nl/filosofie/organization/history/gcmemt/> is pleased to announce the third edition of the *Collegium Spinozanum*: an international summer school on Spinoza and Spinozisms in their philosophical and historical contexts <https://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/summer_schools_2019/collegiumspinozanum/>
The summer school takes place at the Faculty of Philosophy <https://www.rug.nl/filosofie/?lang=en>, Oude Boteringestraat 52, Groningen, on *July 2-5, 2019*.
*Deadline for presentations*: April 1, 2019 *Deadline for registration*: June 1, 2019
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.
*Confirmed invited speakers*
Susan James (Birkbeck College London)
Maxime Rovere (PUC Rio de Janeiro)
Hasana Sharp (McGill University)
Jimena Solé (Universidad de Buenos Aires
For further information, please visit the website <https://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/summer_schools_2019/collegiumspinozanum/>
Education and Free Will: Spinoza, Causal Determinism and Moral Formation
by Johan Dahlbeck
Education and Free Will critically assesses and makes use of Spinoza’s insights on human freedom to construe an account of education that is compatible with causal determinism without sacrificing the educational goal of increasing students’ autonomy and self-determination. Offering a thorough investigation into the philosophical position of causal determinism, Dahlbeck discusses Spinoza’s view of self-determination and presents his own suggestions for an education for autonomy from a causal determinist point of view.
The book begins by outlining the free will problem in education, before expanding on a philosophical understanding of autonomy and how it is seen as an educational ideal. It considers Spinoza’s determinism and discusses his denial of moral responsibility. Later chapters consider the relationship between causal determinism and autonomy, the educational implications of understanding free will and how free will can be utilised as a valuable fiction in education.
This book will be of great interest to academics and postgraduate students in the field of education, especially those with an interest in moral education and philosophy of education. It will also be of interest to those in the fields of philosophy and psychology and specifically those focusing on the free will problem, on Spinoza studies, and on the relation between moral psychology and external influence.
More information from:
Manchester Metropolitan University, Geoffrey Manton building, room 230
3 August 2018
9.30– Arrive: Coffee and Tea
9.45– Christopher Thomas (Manchester Metropolitan University): Welcome and Introduction
10.00 – Gilah Kletenik (New York University): ‘Interpreting Scripture like Nature or How to Read without a Telos’
11.00 – Brynnar Swynson (Butler University): ‘Elective Affectivities: Modern Subjects and the Colonial “I”’
12.00 – Susan James (Birkbeck, University of London): ‘Feelings and Fictions’
13.00 – Lunch (GM 230 supplied for speakers)
14.00 – Christopher Norris (Cardiff University): Reading
14.30 – Moira Gatens (University of Sydney): ‘The Veracious Imagination: the fictions of Spinoza and George Eliot’
15.30 – Break
15.45 – Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen): ‘Spinoza and the Art of Reasoning’
16.45 – Martin Benson (Stony Brook University): ‘Knowledge Without Revelation: Reading Spinoza’s epistemological transitions through Beckett’s Endgame’
17.45 – End of Conference
19.00 – Conference Dinner (HOME, Manchester)
For more information please see www.spinozaandculture.wordpress.com
Dr. Christopher Thomas
Lecturer in Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
We are delighted to announce the publication of Spinoza’s Philosophy of Ratio, edited by Beth Lord and published by Edinburgh University Press. The book brings together essays on Spinoza, ratio, architecture, and wellbeing from the Equalities of Wellbeing project.
30% Discount on book purchases available until 31 Dec. 2018: Lord_Worldwide Flyer
Readers will learn from this book that a philosophy of ratio is not to be conflated with a rationalist philosophy. The authors draw on the three senses of ratio – reason, relation and proportion – to explore their interdependence and, crucially, the emergent and constructed conatus towards equality and wellbeing. This valuable book demonstrates that empiricism and rationalism need not be opposed. – Andrej Radman, Delft University of Technology
This volume represents an important collective re-thinking of Spinoza’s key concept of ratio. Along with new interpretations of his treatment of the relations between reason and emotion, it…
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2018 Special Issue of the journal Educational Philosophy and Theory, 5(9)
This international collection of articles tracks some of the significant implications of Spinozist philosophy for current education policy and practice. Authors dig deep into Spinozan texts and ideas, covering a range of topics pertaining to the ethico-political project of pedagogy and learning. Edited by Elizabeth de Freitas, Sam Sellar and Lars Bang Jensen (Manchester Metropolitan University), this special issue promises to open up further discussion in Spinoza Studies.
BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY
24 – 26 April 2019, King’s College London
Strand Campus, London
CALL FOR PAPERS
Proposals for individual papers and for papers organized in themed symposia are invited on any period and aspect of the history of philosophy. In line with the BSHP’s commitment to broadening the canon, proposals on currently under-represented philosophical traditions, periods and authors are especially welcome. All proposals must be anonymized for blind peer-review.
Individual papers: please send an abstract of MAX 500 words (in word format) for a paper suitable for a 30 minute slot (20 mins for the paper, 10 mins for Q&A) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Symposia: please send a proposal of MAX 500 words (in word format) for a symposium of 3-4 papers (each paper suitable for a 30 minutes slot) with abstracts of MAX 300 words for each paper to email@example.com. Please also submit, in a separate document, the email address and institution of each participant, and the name and email of the symposium organizer who will serve as contact person.
Deadline: Monday 10 September 2018.
Please note: all conference participants, including accepted speakers, must be BSHP members. For information on the BSHP and how to join please visit https://www.bshp.org.uk
As signatories of the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme, the BSHP will take steps to ensure gender balance among speakers and participants. As for all BSHP events, some funding is available for childcare. If you require childcare in order to attend the conference please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Up to 10 bursaries of £100 will be available for speakers who are graduate students/unwaged members.
Maria Rosa Antognazza, Chair, BSHP
Professor of Philosophy, KCL
Conference Assistant and contact for queries:
At our meeting on Thursday 7th June, 3pm – 5pm, we are pleased to have Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen), who will speak on
Spinoza and the art of reasoning
Room 629, Birkbeck College Main Building, Malet St, London WC1E 7HX. (Entrance from Torrington Square).
For Spinoza, the fiction writer, the artist, and the prophet are skilled at imagining and engaging others in imaginative visions, but the architect is skilled at rational thinking. The architect has less in common with artists than she does with exemplars of reasoning such as the “free man” of Ethics Part IV. Like the free man, the architect deals in adequate ideas: she deduces properties and relations from the essences of geometrical figures, and understands what follows from those properties and relations. She knows how a structure will relate to its human inhabitants, and what physical and social relations it enables. In this sense, the architect’s purpose and “art” is to develop possibilities for human flourishing from geometrical understanding.
This is also the task of the Ethics: Spinoza works from definitions and axioms, in the style of Euclid, to develop propositions that reveal our ethical potentialities. At times, he takes specific geometrical concepts to be foundational for metaphysical, ethical, and political claims. Spinoza appears to believe that designing buildings, relationships, and polities for human flourishing begins in geometry. Yet the nature of the transition from geometry to flourishing is not very clear, and the grounding for such a transition is not well understood. In this paper I will argue that for Spinoza, being highly rational involves practising the “art” of deducing positive human outcomes from geometrical understanding. I will argue that this is indeed an art that involves interpretation, judgment, and design, which can be performed better or worse. This suggests that both the architect and the philosopher are artists of reasoning and designers of structures that augment human relations, and that the best religious and political leaders can be artists in this sense too.
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The following meeting will take place on Monday 11 June, 3pm – 5pm (Room 101, 30 Russell Square) Michael Della Rocca will speak on a topic to be circulated at a later date.
All are welcome and no registration is required.
London Spinoza Circle website: https://londonspinozacircle.wordpress.com