Thursday, March 07, 2013

Talk at Hampshire College today: Spinoza' God (or Nature)

by Salman Hameed

Just a reminder that we have a fantastic talk at Hampshire College today. It is by Steve Nadler on Spinoza's perception of God. If you are in the area, please join us.

Here are the details:

The Hampshire College lecture series on Science & Religion Presents:
 Spinoza's God (or Nature)
Dr. Steven Nadler   

Thursday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. 
Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College

In 1656, the young Baruch Spinoza was excommunicated from the Amsterdam Portuguese-Jewish community with extreme prejudice; by the end of his short life he was regarded as one of the most radical and dangerous thinkers of his time. Among his alleged "abominable heresies" was, according to one contemporary report, the belief that "God exists only philosophically." In this lecture, we will examine Spinoza's conception of God, whereby God is identified with Nature, and address the question of whether he is, as is so often claimed, a "God intoxicated" pantheist or a devious atheist, as well as the implications of this for his views on religion.

Professor Nadler is William H. Hay Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on philosophy in the seventeenth century, particularly issues in metaphysics and epistemology, as well as conceptions of reason and happiness. He has written extensively on Descartes and Cartesianism, Spinoza, and Leibniz. He also works on medieval and early modern Jewish philosophy. His two most recent books are a collection of his papers, Occasionalism: Causation Among the Cartesians (Oxford, 2011); and A Book Forged in Hell: Spinoza’s Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Secular Age (Princeton, 2011). His new book, The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes, will be published by Princeton in spring 2013. He is currently the editor of the Journal of the History of Philosophy.


Pheadrus said...


Love your blog. My line and perspective to what's going on in this area.

Do you have the the transcript or preferably video of the Spinoza's god lecture.

Also the conference on evolution did not previously have a working link. Do you know if the videos are there and can you please put upp the links again,

I want to send them out but seem to have lost track of them.

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