Spinoza Today | Dominican University College

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 09:00
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Baruch Spinoza


Spinoza Today

December 8th, 2017
Dominican University College

Few ancient or modern philosophers have been featured in a novel. Spinoza, though, enjoys this privilege through the novel The Burglar who Studied Spinoza. Few philosophers make the front page of newspapers or are a point of reference for news about politics or the economy. Spinoza—through the work of Frédéric Lordon—is regularly cited and studied in the book Willing Slaves Of Capital: Spinoza And Marx On Desire in order to understand the crisis of capitalism, its social repercussions, etc. Spinoza can even be found on diverse blogs: http://www.spinoza.it/ ;  http://spinoza.blogse.nl/  ; http://www.wayofspinoza.com/category/blog/ ; https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/recherche?s=spinoza . Work of a more academic nature (in the form of books, articles, or internet groups) all continue to perpetuate his name and various ideas found in other parts of his work (such as metaphysics, epistemology, physics, ethics, etc.). These contemporary sources demonstrate in Spinoza’s work a persistent capacity to stimulate thinking--whether in favour of or against his ideas.

The Faculty of Philosophy of Dominican University College and the Department of Philosophy of the University of Ottawa will once again this year continue their series of conferences on the contemporary relevance of past thinkers. After Malebranche and Rousseau, it is on the works of Spinoza and their various interpretations up to the present day that the symposium “Spinoza Today” will address.

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