past events

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:

Spinoza Society of Canada meeting

First Meeting of the Spinoza Society of Canada: Current Debates and Ongoing Research

CPA Congress 2016, University of Calgary

Scurfield Hall, Room 268

June 1, 2016


Recent scholarly interest in Spinoza has been increasing in both volume and notoriety. As a result of this increased interest, we have founded the Canadian Spinoza Society to promote and connect Canadian English and French-language research and scholars with each other and the rest of the world. In this spirit, the symposium will present papers in both languages, from both Canadian and American scholars. These papers will cover topics in Spinoza’s ethics, method, metaphysics, physics, politics, and psychology, as well the interrelations between these domains, which are a key characteristic of Spinoza’s unique contribution to the history of philosophy, and which help highlight his continuing value today.


Participants and affiliations:

Ericka Tucker (Marquette University)

Karolina Hübner (University of Toronto)

Torin Doppelt (Queen’s University)

Alexandre Rouette (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)

Sarah Kizuk (Marquette University)

Oberto Marrama (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)



14:00 – 14:40: Ericka Tucker: Power and Freedom in Spinoza’s Democratic Theory

14:40 – 15:20: Karolina Hübner: Spinoza on Expression

15:30 – 16:00: Torin Doppelt: Spinoza’s Seemingly Absurd Love of God

16:00 – 16:30: Alexandre Rouette: Le concept de « corpora simplicissima » dans la physique spinoziste

16:30 – 17:00: Sarah Kizuk: Bodies in Spinoza’s Metaphysical Theory of Individuation: Fixed Movement and the Drive to Persevere in Being

17:00 – 17:30: Oberto Marrama: Common notions and common properties in Spinoza’s theory of knowledge

Please see attached document for full information: First Meeting of the Spinoza Society of Canada (Schedule)

Colloquium “Spinoza France Etats-Unis”

A very exciting event in Paris, June 3-4, 2016, with many prominent speakers. See the attached PDF2016 05 10 programme SFEU pour diffusion for programme, registration and contact information.

A short description from the programme:

“Though philosophy may not know nationalities, it does know languages. It is in this manner that traditions of interpretation are created, traditions that share common references but whose differences make their confrontations necessary. The development of Spinoza research in the United States over the last decades, from often profoundly renovated historical, ontological, logical, moral, and political perspectives, justifies the organization of a discussion with contemporary French interpreters of Spinoza, heirs to the French Spinozist tradition. The International Colloquium Spinoza France États-Unis, will be the site for such a discussion, both friendly and scientific.”

Equal by Design: Scottish premiere

Equal by Design, a documentary film about Spinoza, equality, wellbeing, and housing. Tickets available now for the Scottish premiere on 28 May, 2016 at the University of Aberdeen.

Information about a London screening is coming soon!

Equalities of Wellbeing in Philosophy and Architecture

Equal by Design, project film of the Equalities of Wellbeing project, will have its Scottish premiere at the University of Aberdeen May Festival on Saturday 28 May at 4:00 PM.

Equal by Design, by Peg Rawes and Beth Lord, directed by Adam Low and produced by Lone Star Productions, is a 25-minute documentary exploring how Spinoza’s philosophy connects to housing design for wellbeing and the current crisis in affordable housing.

Following the film screening there will be a discussion and Q&A with the project team, the filmmakers, and Rosemary Brotchie of Shelter Scotland.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Book your tickets online here.

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Symposium: Spinoza’s Translations (Minneapolis)

Spinoza Scholarship Group Symposium

Spinoza’s Translations: New Directions in Spinoza Scholarship

April 15-16, 2016, Minneapolis


Friday, April 15

WORKSHOP I  |  Kiarina Kordela  |  Macalester College

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Spinoza’s Sovereignty: Fantasy and the Immanent Decision of Interpretation


 Saturday, April 16

WORKSHOP II  |  Warren Montag  |  Occidental College

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 The Place of Hatred in the Theologico-Political Apparatus


WORKSHOP III  |  Hasana Sharp  |  McGill University

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Spinoza in the Anthropocene



5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Do Not Add to His Words: The Problem of Translation in Chapter Seven of Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise



Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature

 135 Nicholson Hall

Cesare Casarino:, Anjali Ganapathy:

Pre-circulated workshop papers  | RSVP:


Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy VII


5-6 May 2016

Keynote Speakers:

Matthew Daniel Eddy (Durham)

Sylvana Tomaselli (Cambridge)



Thursday, 5 May

9.00-9.15     Welcome and Coffee.

Session I: Hobbes and Locke

9.15-10.00     Maximilian Jaede (St. Andrews), Hobbes’s Critique of Natural Sociability Reconsidered

10.00-10.45   Tim Stuart-Buttle (Cambridge), Locke on the “Two Provinces of Knowledge

10.45-11.00     Break

Session II: Cambridge Platonism

11.00-11.45     Matthew Leisinger (Yale), Cudworth’s Moral Vision

11.45-12.30     Christ Meyns (Cambridge/University College London), Henry More against Monopsychism

12.30-14.00     Lunch

Keynote 1

14.00-15.00     Sylvana Tomaselli (Cambridge), Women and Political Philosophy in Les siècles de la femme

15.00-15.30     Break

Session III: Spinoza

15.30-16.15     Alex Silverman (Chicago), The Disappearance of “Substance”: A Textual Oddity in Spinoza’s Corpus

16.15-17.00     Alexander Douglas (Heythrop College/St. Andrews), Spinoza and Money

17.00-17.15     Break

Special Session: SSEMP Essay Prize winner

17.15-18.00     Takaharu Oda (Groningen), Berkeley’s Arguable Concurrentism


Friday, 6 May

9.30-9.45       Coffee

Session IV: Bayle and Leibniz

9.45-10.30       Mara van der Lugt (Göttingen), Pain, Pessimism and the Problem of Evil in Pierre Bayle’s Dictionnaire (1696)

10.30-11.15     Christopher Noble (Villanova), Leibniz on Knowledge and Action in Essais de théodicée, § 403.

11.15-11.30     Break

Keynote 2

11.30-12.30     Matthew Daniel Eddy (Durham), Children, Science, and the Graphic Foundations of Reason, 1760-1800

12.30-14.00     Lunch

Session V: The Scottish Enlightenment

14.00-14.45     Alessio Vaccari (Sapienza, Rome), Hume on Resentment, Justice, and the Origins of Society

14.45-15.30     Sonia Boussange-Andrei (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne), On Adam Ferguson’s Critique of Adam Smith’s Theory of Sympathy

15.30-16.00     Break

Session VI: The French Enlightenment

16.00-16.45     Jeremy Dunham (Sheffield), Condillac on the Acquisition of Cognitive Habits

16.45-17.30     Jared Holley (Chicago), Refined Epicureanism and Rousseau’s Political Thought



James Harris (University of St. Andrews) Mogens Lærke (CNRS, UMR 5317, ENS de Lyon)


The event is sponsored by:

Scots Philosophical Association

Institute for Intellectual History, St. Andrews Philosophy department, St. Andrews British Society for the History of Philosophy (BSHP) IHRIM, UMR 5317, ENS de Lyon


For further information, please write Mogens Laerke ( or James Harris (

Spinoza’s Politics: NASS Group Session at APA Central, Chicago

North American Spinoza Society Group Session at the APA-Central Chicago

Thursday, March 3rd, 2015 9:00am-Noon

“Spinoza’s Politics”

Michael Lebuffe (University of Otago) “Reason and Religion in the Citizen of Spinoza’s State”

James Ong (High Point University) “The Philosophical and Political Significance of Spinoza’s ‘free people’”

Céline Hervet (Université de Picardie-Jules Verne) “Councils, Syndics, Senate and the Power of Speech in Spinoza’s political philosophy: a Naturalistic Source of Deliberative Democracy?”

James Sikkema (McMaster University) “Joining Forces: Towards a Virtual-Political Mereology in Spinoza”

Sandra Field (Yale-NUS) “Aristocracy and the Logic of Spinoza’s Political Philosophy”

Edwin Curley (Michigan) “On the Social Contract in Spinoza”

Workshop: A Day with Spinoza, Groningen

The Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought ( is pleased to announce the workshop:

A day with Spinoza: Bodies, Cognition and Society

Faculty of Philosophy, Room Gamma

Oude Boteringestraat 52 – 9712 SC Groningen (NL)

20th April 2016


The workshop aims to bring together scholars at different stages of their career. Participants will present their own works in progress by stimulating discussion on Spinoza’s complex and multifaceted understanding of bodies, cognition and society.



9.00-10.00 Christopher Thomas (University of Aberdeen): From Complex Bodies to a Theory of Art: Spinoza on Beauty and Artistic Bodies.

10.00-11.00 Oliver Istvan Toth (Eotvos Lorand University Budapest): Revisiting the ‘pancreas problem’ in Spinoza from a historical perspective – the case of memories

– Break –

11.15-12.15 Martin Lenz (Groningen): Intersubjectivity in Early Modern Philosophy: Spinoza on the Division of Cognitive Labour

12.15-13.15 Michael A. Rosenthal (University of Washington, Seattle, USA): Spinoza on ‘Beings of Reason’ (Entia Rationis) and the Analogical Imagination

– Lunch Break –

14.45-15.45 Matthew Homan (Christopher Newport University, VA – USA): True Beings of Reason in Spinoza

15.45- 16.45 Liba Kaucky (London University): On the Role of True Worship for True Religion and Political Stability

– Break –

17.00-18.00 Andrea Sangiacomo (Groningen): How to make a State more rational? Spinoza and minorities.

Attendance is free, but registration is appreciated. To register please send a message to

Full Programme: Life and Death in Early Modern Philosophy

“Life and Death in Early Modern Philosophy” coming up in London in April. Registration is open and available at

Life and Death in Early Modern Philosophy

Life and Death in Early Modern Philosophy

14th – 16th April 2016

Conference of the European Society for Early Modern Philosophy and the British Society for the History of Philosophy in association with the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, KCL and the Wellcome Trust


Thursday 14th April 2016

The Great Hall, King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

2.30-4.0: Tea and Registration in the Foyer of the Great Hall.

4.0 – 4.30: Susan James, Welcome and Introduction.

4.30- 6.0: Plenary Lecture: Michael Moriarty, The thought of death changes all our ideas and condemns our plans.


Friday 15th April 2016

Birkbeck College, Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7JL.

9.30am – 11am: Plenary Lecture:  Ursula Renz, Our Consciousness of Being Alive as a Source of Knowledge.

11.15am – 12.45pm:

Session 1: 

Meghan Robison, But a Movement of Limbs:  On the Movement of life…

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The Infinite in Early Modern Philosophy

King’s College London Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy:

The Infinite in Early Modern Philosophy

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Room 405, Philosophy Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS



10.00-11.30 – Jennifer Wright (King’s College London), ‘Hume on the Structure of Time: Three Arguments Against Infinite Divisibility.’

11.45-13.15 – Alexander Douglas (Heythrop College, London/St. Andrews), ‘Finitude, Spinoza’s God, and the Curate’s Egg.’

13.15-14.45 – Break

14.45-16.15 – Maria Rosa Antognazza (King’s College London), ‘The Hypercategorematic Infinite.’

16.30-18.00 – Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers), ‘Descartes on the Infinity of Extended Substances and the Bodies of Physics.’

Since space as well as access to the College on weekends is limited, please send an email to sarah.tropper[at] in case you are planning to attend.