Author: spinozaresearchnetwork

Ethica as a demonstrative network

Ethica, work without obstacle, is a free internet application for internet and smartphones which proposes a digital and augmented edition of the Ethics by Spinoza (1632-1677). The project was developed by Patrick Fontana.

Thanks to an unprecedented visualization of the text, Ethica makes visible the demonstrative network of the work. The user can see and read the text, and explore it in a innovative and intuitive way, through networked text, audio commentaries, video, and more.

The website is available here:

Ethica, work without obstacle, is funded by Conseil régional des Hauts de France, and FEDER, a thematic and structuring project 2015-2018 of the University of Picardy Jules Verne. Patrick Fontana received in 2013 the grant Brouillon d’un Rêve Pierre Schaeffer from Société Civile des Auteurs Multimédia (French multimedia publishing rights society) (SCAM), and the grant aide à l’écriture et au développement aux nouveaux médias from Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée, France, (CNC), with the unanimous decision of the jury. Patrick Fontana and TYGRYZ Compagny, received in 2016, the grant aide à la production DICREAM from Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée, France, (CNC). Ethica has been hosted and supported (2015-2016) by the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’homme, Paris. The Social and Political Thought Research Group, Brunel University of London participated in the financing of Ethica’s teaser in 2015.

Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy X

University of St. Andrews: Senate Room, St. Mary’s, South Street

8-10 May 2019




Wednesday 8 May

11.00-11.15. Welcome

11.15-12.15. Key Note Speaker: Udo Thiel (University of Graz), “Christian Wolff on Animal Souls, Human Souls, and Personhood.”

12.15-1.00. Peter D. Larsen (Trinity College Dublin), “Berkeley, Plato, and the primary-secondary quality distinction”

1.00-2.15. Lunch

2.15-3.00. Adi Efal (University of Lille III, Charles De Gaulle), “The place of synthesis in methodical proceedings: Ramus and Zabarella’s Ccriticisms of Galen”

3.00-3.45. Lauren Slater (Birkbeck College, London), “Signs established by nature: Representation in Cartesian sensory ideas and the language analogy”

3.45-4.15. Coffee

4.15-5.00. Pedro Faria (Cambridge University), “Hume and the Académie des Inscriptions: the nature of historical evidence in the early eighteenth-century”

*Winner of the 2019 SSEMP Essay Prize, sponsored by the BSHP.


Thursday 9 May

10.00-10.45. Jonathan Shaheen (Ghent University), “Notions of substance in Cavendish’s metaphysics”

10.45-11.30. Sebastian Bender (Humboldt University, Berlin), “Conway on species and essences”

11.30-12.15. Qiu Lin (Duke University, Durham, NC), “Émilie du Châtelet’s views on space”

12.15-1.30. Lunch

1.30-2.15. Stefan Leicht (University of Tübingen), “Grotius and Locke on the political effectiveness of Christianity”

2.15-3.00. Adrián Canal (Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, Rome): “The soul and mortalism in the writings of Faustus Socinius and its influence on Locke”

3.00-3.30. Coffee

3.30-4.15. Nabeel Hamid (Concordia University, Montreal), “Machine and mechanistic explanation in Wolff’s cosmology”

4.15-5.15. Key Note Speaker: Teresa Bejan (Oxford University), “Equality Before Egalitarianism”


Friday 10 May

10.00-10.45. Jonathan Cottrell (Wayne State University), “What s Humean reasoning?”

10.45-11.30. Brian Ball (Oxford University), “Reid on the nature of judgment”

11.30-12.30. Key Note Speaker: Craig Smith (University of Glasgow), “Re-evaluating Adam Ferguson on Commercial Society: from republican outlier to consummate Moderate”

12.30-1.45 Lunch

1.45-2.30. Adrian Guyot (IHRIM-ENS de Lyon), “The Machiavellian challenge: The reason of state debate in the Spanish Golden Age and the ubiquitous yet problematic presence of Machiavelli in baroque political literature”

2.30-3.15. Sarah Meier (Xavier University of Louisiana), “The political psychology of the Hobbesian Subject”

3.15-4.00. Akos Sivado (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest), “Numbers made certain by the sovereign power: Rhetoric and arithmetic in Sir William Petty’s science of the state”


Organisation: James Harris (University of St. Andrews); Mogens Lærke (CNRS, IHRIM, ENS de Lyon)

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

Colloque “Spinoza, politique et religion”

Jeudi 28 et Vendredi 29 mars 2019,

Espace Oscar Niemeyer

2 place Colonel Fabien (entrée 6 av. Mathurin Moreau),

75019 Paris (Métro Colonel-Fabien, ligne 2).
Entrée libre sur inscription nominative préalable :

Le Traité théologico-politique tient une place essentielle, aujourd’hui encore, quand on cherche à comprendre les liens qui unissent religion et politique. Il est, pour Spinoza, pratiquement impossible de penser l’État indépendamment d’une enquête sur la religion. Mais ce n’est envisageable qu’à la condition de distinguer en même temps religion et superstition.

Les travaux du colloque interrogeront cette conjonction dans la pensée du philosophe hollandais, en supposant qu’elle ne va pas de soi, ceci afin de contribuer à une compréhension du statut de la religion dans le cadre des politiques modernes.

Accueil des participants dès 13h30

1ère séance, jeudi 28 mars 2019, 14h-18h

14h00 : ouverture du colloque, Claude Gindin, directeur de La Pensée

Présidence : Chantal Jaquet

14h15-15h, Pierre-François Moreau, professeur à l’ENS de Lyon, directeur de La lettre clandestine : Les origines du christianisme.

15h-15h45, Henri Laux, Professeur de philosophie au Centre Sèvres, Facultés jésuites de Paris : Dimensions politiques du Christ de Spinoza.

16h-16h45, Nicolas Léma, Doctorant à l’Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne : Le parti des apôtres : Matheron et le problème de la subversion, entre Mao et le Christ.

16h45-17h30, Jacqueline Lagrée, Professeure émérite, Université de Rennes : La paix de l’âme et les fruits de l’Esprit

2e séance, vendredi 29 mars 2019, 10h-13h

Présidence : Jacqueline Lagrée

10h -10h 45, Gérard Bras, professeur (honoraire) en classes préparatoires, GEMR : La constitution du peuple israélite et de la république des Hébreux. 

10 h 45-11h 30, Nicolas Israël, professeur en classes préparatoires à Paris : La résistance tribale dans le Traité théologico-politique.

11h45-12h 30, Laurent Bove, Professeur émérite, Université de Picardie Jules Vernes : Le théologico-politique et la question de la liberté chez Spinoza.

3e séance, vendredi 29 mars 2019, 14h-30-18h

Présidence : Pierre-François Moreau

14h30-15h15 Sophie Laveran, Professeure de philosophie à Calais, Centre d’histoire des philosophies modernes de la Sorbonne : Amour, dévotion et piété envers la patrie.

15h15-16h Chantal Jaquet, Professeure à l’Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne : Religion et politique chez Spinoza : une logique de l’accommodement.

16h30- 17h15 Etienne Balibar, Professeur émérite, Université de Paris-Nanterre : Il y a conscience et conscience, Locke et Spinoza.

17h45-18h00 Clôture des travaux, Gérard Bras, membre du GEMR.

Organisé par La Pensée  et le Groupe d’étude du matérialisme rationnel (GEMR), sous l’égide de la Fondation Gabriel Péri

Fondation Gabriel Péri 

14 rue Scandicci 
93500 Pantin 
Mél :

CFA: Australasian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy


 Australasian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (2019)

 Call for Abstracts

The University of Queensland (UQ) is delighted to host the second Australasian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (ASEMP), in Brisbane, Australia, from November 25th to 27th, 2019.

An optional extended stay from November 28th through to the 31st is planned for the island of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island or colloquially, “Straddie”).

For this conference, we seek papers on those early modern concepts, theories, or figures that transformed standard ways of thinking in the period, or that changed the form and nature of philosophy itself.

The panel themes are (1) *Women and Power*; (2)* Metaphysics, Science and Religion; and *(3) *State and Secularism, *and papers fitting those themes are encouraged. Papers on other topics relating to the broad theme of *Transformations in Early Modern Philosophy* are also welcome.

Deadline for Abstracts: March 1, 2019. Successful participants will be notified by April 1, 2019.

Abstract length: 500 words.

Abstracts may be submitted through the conference website or to the conference assistant, Ms Laura Pham, (

Invited Speakers:

Professor Lilli Alanen (Uppsala University)

Professor Marguerite Deslauriers (McGill University)

Professor John Carriero (University of California, Los Angeles)

Professor Calvin Normore (University of California, Los Angeles)

Professor Margaret Schabas (University of British Columbia)




CFA:6th Finnish-Hungarian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

Call for Abstracts 

The Sixth Finnish-Hungarian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

University of Helsinki

6–7 June 2019


Submission deadline: March 1

In a joint effort by philosophers in Finland and Hungary, the Seminar was founded to promote international cooperation among scholars of seventeenth and eighteenth-century philosophy. The previous meeting was held in 2018 in Budapest at the Central European University. This will be the sixth meeting in a continuing series of seminars; for more information, please see the website

We invite prospective participants to send an anonymized abstract of about 500 words in .pdf format on any topic in early modern philosophy to<> no later than the 1st of March. Please, indicate your name, university affiliation, and the title of your paper in the body of your email message.

Completed papers should aim at a reading time of 40 minutes or less. Please note that FHSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation.

Invited speaker:

Alison Simmons (Harvard)

For further information, please contact Vili Lähteenmäki at<>.

Organizing and program committee:

Vili Lähteenmäki (Helsinki), Mike Griffin (CEU), Judit Szalai (ELTE), and Valtteri Viljanen (Turku)



Reminder: Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy VI

The Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy VI <> (DSEMP) will take place on *29–30 May 2019*, at the *Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen*, Groningen, Netherlands.

The DSEMP brings together advanced students and established scholars to discuss the latest work in early modern philosophy, broadly conceived. Building on the success of the previous 2014–2018 editions, which gathered philosophers from all over the world, the Seminar offers workshop-style collaborations in order to stimulate scholarly exchange. The language of presentation and discussion is English.

Keynote speakers:

Katherine Brading (Duke University)

Marleen Rozemond (University of Toronto)


Submission guidelines: We welcome abstracts prepared for peer review onany topic related to early modern philosophy, broadly understood (roughly the period 1500–1800 CE). We are especially interested in presentations that discuss philosophical issues or works that have received less sustained scholarly attention, including, but not limited to: non-canonical authors and traditions, anonymous texts, and methodological reflections on doing Early Modern philosophy.

Please submit abstracts (400 words max.) to our EasyChair page <> (first time users will be asked to register with EasyChair).

Deadline for abstract submission: *10 January 2019* (11.59 pm – Amsterdam time). Decisions will follow by the *end of March.* We will send reviewers’ reports with useful feedback on abstracts to all who wish to receive this.

Attendance is free and all are welcome, especially students. No financial assistance can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.

Contact: If you have questions, please send an email to Laura Georgescu <> (


Laura Georgescu (University of Groningen)

Andrea Sangiacomo (University of Groningen)

The Dutch Seminar is part of the Activities of the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought ( and it is supported by Lodi Nauta’s Spinoza Prize Project <—laureaat-nwo-spinozapremie-2016?lang=en>


Spinoza and Aesthetic Concepts: Sydney

Final reminder that Western Sydney University and the University of Sydney are hosting a one-day conference on Spinoza and Aesthetic Concepts on Friday 7th December 2018.

Date: Friday 7th December 2018

Venue: Female Orphan School, Cnr James Ruse Dr and Victoria Rd.

Parramatta South Campus

Western Sydney University


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

Conference website:

All welcome.

This conference is a free event.

Information about the Female Orphan School, including travel, is available here:

Please forward inquiries to:<>

The conference is a part of the ARC Discovery project Spinoza and Literature for Life: A Practical Theory of Art.

Spinoza a Paris 8

You are invited to join us Thursday November 29th from 6pm-8pm at the Université Paris 8 (room J004) for a talk by Knox Peden, entitled “*Spinoza et Augustin dans l’histoire du réalisme politique*.” Peden’s talk will be in French. Please see below and our website *Spinoza à Paris 8 <>* for more information:


*JEUDI 29 NOVEMBRE 2018, 18H-20H*

*Université Paris 8, Salle J004*

*Knox Peden*, *« Spinoza et Augustin dans l’histoire du réalisme politique »*

“Dans l’histoire moderne de la pensée politique, la tradition dite « réaliste » s’oppose au libéralisme par l’accent mis sur les dynamiques du pouvoir aux dépens d’un souci pour le rôle de la morale dans la politique.

Aujourd’hui on dit que le réalisme qui était au centre de la discipline universitaire américaine des Relations Internationales pendant la guerre froide a ses racines dans la pensée européenne de l’entre-deux-guerres et en particulier la théologie politique de Carl Schmitt. L’idée est que ce réalisme est réactionnaire au fond et que les mutations dans l’histoire du réalisme – du réalisme classique de Hans Morgenthau au réalisme structural de Kenneth Waltz – ne changent rien à ce trait. Il est évident que les questions concernant la sécularisation de la politique et le rôle de la normativité dans la pensée politique sont en jeu dans cette histoire des idées. Le point de départ de cette intervention est la comparaison que Waltz a établi dans ses œuvres de jeunesse entre la pensée politique d’Augustin et celle de Spinoza. En suivant le théologien américain Reinhold Niebuhr, qui a soutenu qu’Augustin avait été le premier réaliste politique, Waltz estime que les deux sont d’accord dans leur compréhension de la politique et de la psychologie humaine, tandis que l’un poursuit une route théologique et l’autre une route empirique. C’est un jugement ambigu. Mais il n’en reste pas moins que, hormis les proximités supposées de leur visions, leurs métaphysiques sont tout à fait incommensurables. Tout cela revient à poser la question de la possibilité d’un réalisme séculaire, c’est-à-dire la possibilité du spinozisme politique.” – KP.


Knox PEDEN est Gerry Higgins Lecturer in the History of Philosophy à l’Université de Melbourne. Il a publié *Spinoza Contra Phenomenology : French Rationalism from Cavaillès to Deleuze *(Stanford University Press, 2014), et il est auteur d’articles sur le spinozisme, l’histoire de la pensée française, et la théorie et la politique de l’historiographie.


*Programme 2019 (séances à venir)*

*Jeudi 14 mars 2019 : Mar**í**a Luisa de la **CÁMARA* *« Spinoza tragique »*

*Jeudi 28 mars 2019 : Frédéric LORDON* *« Spinoza: La condition anarchique »*

*Jeudi 11 avril 2019 : Pedro LOMBA* *« Une athéologie du politique: Lecture schmittienne de l’anti-cartésianisme de Spinoza »*

*Jeudi 16 mai 2019 : Henri ATLAN* *« Spinoza et la biologie contemporaine »*

*Jeudi 20 juin 2019 : Antonio NEGRI* *« Quelques réflexions sur la peur chez Spinoza »*


*Séminaire International et Interdisciplinaire de Recherches Spinozistes* <>

*Organisé par **Charles Ramond* <>*, **Jack Stetter* <>*, et Mario Donoso <> avec le soutien de l’EA 4008 LLCP.* Responsable Audio-Vidéo *Carmen Alves*>*.*

02, rue de la Liberté, Saint-Denis (93). Métro « Saint-Denis Université ».

Entrée libre. Se munir d’une pièce d’identité.

New Spinoza Studies series from Edinburgh University Press

Spinoza Studies: a new book series from Edinburgh University Press.

Series editor: Filippo del Lucchese

This series will broaden the understanding of Spinoza in the Anglophone world by translating central works by Continental scholars into English for the first time. These philosophers explore Spinoza’s most important themes in detail, opening up new possibilities for reading and interpreting Spinoza.

Two books have been published in the series so far:

Vittorio Morfino, The Spinoza-Machiavelli Encounter (trans. Dave Mesing)

Chantal Jaquet, Affects, Actions, and Passions in Spinoza (trans. Tatiana Reznichenko)

For more information and to order, visit the EUP Spinoza Studies webpage.