events May 2017

Fourth Finnish-Hungarian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

29–30 May 2017

University of Turku

Artium, Seminar Hall Hovi V105 (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)


Monday, 29 May

9.30 Lloyd Strickland (Manchester Metropolitan): The Fourth Hypothesis on the Union of Soul and Body

10.30 Martin Benson (Stony Brook): The Power of Affectivity: The Ground of the Good in Spinoza’s Ethics

11.30 Daniel Fogal (Uppsala): Descartes and the Possibility of Enlightened Freedom

13.30 Laetitia Ramelet (Lausanne): Pufendorf’s Solution to the Puzzle of Consent and Natural Law

15.00 Martin Pickup (Oxford): The Infinity of Analysis and Leibniz’s Problems of Proof

16.00 Mike Griffin (CEU): Leibniz on Infinite Analysis


Tuesday, 30 May

9.30 Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): Berkeley’s Theory of Agent Causation: Finite and Infinite Agents and the Question of Necessary Connections

10.30 Julia Jorati (Ohio State): Emilie du Châtelet’s Agent-Causal Compatibilist Theory of Freedom

11.30 Ramona Winter (HU Berlin/Yale): Hume’s Concept of an (Embodied) Self

13.30 Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere) & Todd Ryan (Trinity College): Hume on Possible Duration without Possible Temporal Parts

15.00 Sebastian Bender (HU Berlin) & Till Hoeppner (Potsdam): Leibniz and Kant on Representations and Minds

16.00 Dai Heide (Simon Fraser): A Mereological Argument for the Non-Spatiotemporality of Things in Themselves


The Organizing Committee

Valtteri Viljanen<> (Turku) Mike Griffin<> (CEU) Vili Lähteenmäki<> (Helsinki) Judit Szalai<> (ELTE)


Spinoza and Modern Jewish Philosophy conference

Spinoza and Modern Jewish Philosophy

University of Washington (Seattle)

May 21-22, 2017


Sunday, May 21st

UW Hillel, 4745 17th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105


12:45pm Welcome and Opening Remarks Michael A. Rosenthal (University of Washington)

1-3pm — Panel 1 (UW Hillel): Spinoza in the 17th Century

Spinoza on the Divinity of Scripture: Steven Nadler (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Spinoza, His Family, and the Revolts against Philip II and the Inquisition: Jonathan Israel (Institute for Advanced Studies)

3:15-5:15pm –Panel 2 (UW Hillel): Spinoza, the Jewish Enlightenment, and German Radicals Session

Activity and Suspension: German-Jewish Spinozists Respond to Hegel: Tracie Matysik (University of Texas)

The Study of Scripture and the Study of Nature: Michah Gottlieb (New York University)

Solomon Maimon on Spinoza, Mendelssohn, and the Maskilim: Abraham Socher (Oberlin College)

7:00pm — Stroum Lecture featuring Prof. Jonathan Israel (Kane Hall, room 220): In What Sense Was Spinoza a Revolutionary Thinker?


Monday, May 22nd

Husky Union Building, 4001 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195


9am-11am — Panel 3 (HUB, room 334): Spinoza and Jewish Politics

The Prophets at War:  Hermann Cohen on Spinoza and the Moral Basis of Citizenship:  Michael A. Rosenthal (University of Washington)

Particularism and Universalism Revisited: Spinoza, Leon Roth, and the Category of “Jewish Philosophy”: Leora Batnitzky (Princeton University)

The Zionist Critique of Spinoza’s Politics: Julie E. Cooper (Tel Aviv University)


1-3pm – Panel 4 (HUB, room 334): Spinoza, the Emotions, and Kabbalah

Spinoza and Freud on Bodies, Images, and Affects: Julie R. Klein (Villanova University)

The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn: Debating Spinoza over Loving God and Being Loved in Return: Benjamin Pollock (Hebrew University)

Spinoza, Platonism, and Some Jewish Thinkers: Michael Morgan (University of Toronto and Indiana University)

3:30-5:30pm – Panel 5 (HUB, room 334): Spinoza and Modernity

Spinoza on the Election of the Hebrews: Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins University)

The Hyphen in the Theological-Political:  Spinoza to Mendelssohn, Heine and Derrida: Willi Goetschel (University of Toronto)

Toward a History of Jewish Anti-Spinozism: Daniel Schwartz (George Washington University)


Tuesday, May 23rd

7:00pm — Stroum Lecture featuring Prof. Jonathan Israel (Kane Hall, room 220): Jewish Emancipation and the Radical Enlightenment


For registration for both the conference and the Stroum Lectures, see the webpage:


For further information on the schedule, see the webpage:


For further information on the participants, see the webpage:


If you have any other questions regarding logistics, please contact the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies:

The Conference has been supported by The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, The Simpson Center for the Humanities, and the Departments of Philosophy and Germanics at the University of Washington.

Spinoza: Reason, Religion, and Politics conference

The relation between the Ethics and the Theological-Political Treatise

Princeton University
Department of Philosophy
May 5-7, 2017

Friday, May 5
9:30AM: Piet Steenbakkers (Utrecht University): Parallel Masterpieces: Intertextuality in Spinoza’s Ethica and Tractatus theologico-politicus

10 :30AM : Pierre-François Moreau (ENS-Lyon): The Metaphysics of the Tractatus Theologico-politicus

11:30AM: Mogens Laerke (CNRS and ENS-Lyon): Common Notions in Ethics and the TTP

12:30-1:30PM: Lunch

1:30PM: E.M. Curley (University of Michigan): Laws of Nature in the Ethics and the TTP

2:30PM: Emanuela Scribano (Università Ca’Foscari, Venice): Miracles and Finalism. From the TTP to Ethics

3:30PM: Kristin Primus (University of California, Berkeley): On Certain Adventitious Ideas: Revelation and Intuition

4:30-5:00PM: Coffee

5:00PM: Donald Rutherford (University of California, San Diego): The Ethics of the Theological-Political Treatise

6:00PM: Steven Nadler (University of Wisconsin, Madison): The Ethics as a Theological-Political Treatise

Saturday, May 6
9:30AM: Jonathan Israel (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton): Where is the collective morality in Spinoza’s ethics? Connecting Spinoza’s ‘Ethics’ Part Five to his Political Philosophy

10:30AM: Andrea Sangiacomo (University of Groningen): Is wonder a remedy against the passions? Spinoza’s struggling with Descartes’ legacy in the Theological-Political Treatise and in the Ethics

11:30AM: Michael Rosenthal (University of Washington): Sovereign Decisions: The Will and the Law in the Ethics and the TTP

12:30-1:30PM: Lunch

1:30PM: Theo Verbeek (University of Utrecht): Divine Law in the TTP and Ethics

2:30PM: Oded Schechter (University of Hamburg): Obedience and Revelation in the TTP and in Spinoza’s mature philosophy (Ethics and TP)

3:30-4:00PM: Coffee

4:00PM: Pina Totaro (ILIESI and University of Rome “La Sapienza”): Littera and Spiritus: On the Relationship between the Tractatus Theologico-politicus and the Ethics

5:00PM: Julie Klein (Villanova University): Knowers and Learners: Spinozan Pedagogy
Sunday, May 7
10:00AM: Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins University): Spinoza’s ‘Atheism’

11:00AM: Daniel Garber (Princeton University): Spinoza’s Many Gods

12:00: PM: Russ Leo (Princeton University): Thomas Hobbes, the English Restoration, and the International Audience for Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus

All sessions of the conference will be held in Marx 301 on the campus of Princeton University.

This conference was organized by Daniel Garber, Mogens Laerke, Pierre-François Moreau, and Pina Totaro. The organizers would like to thank the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University, the Humanities Council of Princeton University, the Princeton University Center for Human Values, and the École Normale Supérieure of Lyon for their kind support.

For further information write Daniel Garber (

The Arts of Spinoza: extended deadline

EXTENDED DEADLINE for submissions for “The Arts of Spinoza + Pacific Spinoza” conference, Auckland, 26-28 May 2017:

Abstracts will now be accepted up to Tuesday 14 February, midnight NZST. Send to Abstracts submitted by this date will receive a decision around the second half of March or sooner. (Those who have already submitted abstracts, thank you — decisions will be sent out for these by late February or latest early March.)

Full details at:

The Arts of Spinoza and Pacific Spinoza

EXTENDED DEADLINE for submissions for “The Arts of Spinoza + Pacific Spinoza” conference, Auckland, 26-28 May 2017: Abstracts will now be accepted up to Tuesday 14 February, midnight NZST. Send to Abstracts submitted by this date will receive a decision around the second half of March or sooner. (Those who have already submitted abstracts, thank you — decisions will be sent out for these by late February or latest early March.) Full details at:

Interstices Under Construction symposium, 26-28 May 2017.
The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology, Aotearoa New Zealand

Plenaries / keynotes include:
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We invite scholarly submissions on the philosophy of Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677), for a special issue of Interstices journal and for the annual Interstices symposium to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, 26-28 May 2017. The intent is to further consolidate the recent intensifications of interest in Spinoza’s thought, and to reaffirm his status as an enormously powerful thinker of contemporary relevance. Papers on any aspect of Spinoza studies are thus welcomed. But the more specific aim of the symposium and journal issue is twofold: firstly, to extend the burgeoning scholarship on Spinoza into the domains of study parsed by Interstices, namely arts and architecture, and secondly, to situate Spinoza’s philosophy within the particular locus of New Zealand, Australasia, the South Pacific, and the Pacific Rim more broadly. Each of these aspects will be tackled in separate sessions or separate days of the symposium.

For more information, please see the conference website.

Call for papers:

Abstracts of 300 words (for fifteen- to twenty-minute paper presentations), along with a short biographical statement of 100 words, to be sent to, by midnight NZST, 14 February 2017. For purposes of peer review, the abstract should be sent in a separate self-contained file with no identifying information in it. Please send Microsoft Word files only (DOC or DOCX). Abstracts will be vetted through a process of blind peer review.
Selected papers from the symposium will be invited for revision, peer review, and publication in the subsequent issue of Interstices. If you are unable to attend the symposium in New Zealand, but wish to submit a paper for the journal issue (Interstices volume 18, to be published at the end of 2017), please send the full and completed paper to by 31st May 2017.

Further inquiries can be directed to the convenor EU JIN CHUA,; FARZANEH HAGHIGHI,; or to SUSAN HEDGES, the Coordinating Editor of Interstices,

Conference website: