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).