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Spinoza and Relational Autonomy

6 September 2014 @ 10:00 - 18:30

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Spinoza’s philosophy has been both celebrated and reviled for its strict commitment to a kind of naturalism, according to which all aspects of human beings are to be understood in fundamentally the same way that we understand any other natural phenomena. Spinoza takes this to imply, most controversially, that our volitions are determined by prior causes, which leads him to deny that humans possess free will in the sense of a spontaneous power for determining one’s own actions in isolation…
Spinoza’s philosophy has been both celebrated and reviled for its strict commitment to a kind of naturalism, according to which all aspects of human beings are to be understood in fundamentally the same way that we understand any other natural phenomena. Spinoza takes this to imply, most controversially, that our volitions are determined by prior causes, which leads him to deny that humans possess free will in the sense of a spontaneous power for determining one’s own actions in isolation from external things. Although one might take this to imply that Spinoza rules out the possibility of freedom and autonomy, Spinoza insists on the possibility and importance of freedom, a form of self-determination, which philosophers today would describe as autonomy. This workshop aims to bring together scholars interested in the nature of Spinoza’s relational conception of autonomy and its relevance to present day theorizing about relational autonomy.

Program (Please note changes)

 Chair: Martin Lenz (University of Groningen) 10.00: Keith Green (East Tennessee): "The Autonomy of Shattered Spirits" 10.30: Discussant: Aurelia Armstrong (University of Queensland)* 11.00: general discussion

 11.30: break

 11.45: Matt Kisner (South Carolina): "Spinoza's Surprising Aristotelianism about Potentia" 12.15: Discussant: Andrea Sangiacomo (University of Groningen – University of Tilburg) 12.45: general discussion

 13.15: lunch

 Chair: Martin Lenz (University of Groningen) 15.00: Beth Lord (Aberdeen): “Spinoza’s ratios and relational autonomy” 15.30: Discussant: Ericka Tucker (Cal Poly Pomona - Arizona)* 16.00: general discussion 16.30: General discussion 17.00: Conclusion Attendance is completely free, registration is welcome (to register, please send an email to a.sangiacomo@rug.nl). * Discussant connected via Skype. A written version of the discussant’s reply will be circulated among the audience.

Organizer

Andrea Sangiacomo
Phone:
Email:
summerschoolphilosophy@rug.nl
Website:
http://www.rug.nl/staff/a.sangiacomo/

Venue

Faculty of Philosophy, Room Omega, Oude Boteringestraat 52, University of Groningen, 9712 GL Groningen, The Netherlands
Oude Boteringestraat 52, University of Groningen, 9712 GL Groningen, The Netherlands
Groningen, Groningen 9712 GL The Netherlands

Spinoza’s philosophy has been both celebrated and reviled for its strict commitment to a kind of naturalism, according to which all aspects of human beings are to be understood in fundamentally the same way that we understand any other natural phenomena. Spinoza takes this to imply, most controversially, that our volitions are determined by prior causes, which leads him to deny that humans possess free will in the sense of a spontaneous power for determining one’s own actions in isolation from external things. Although one might take this to imply that Spinoza rules out the possibility of freedom and autonomy, Spinoza insists on the possibility and importance of freedom, a form of self-determination, which philosophers today would describe as autonomy. This workshop aims to bring together scholars interested in the nature of Spinoza’s relational conception of autonomy and its relevance to present day theorizing about relational autonomy.

Program (Please note changes)

 Chair: Martin Lenz (University of Groningen)

10.00: Keith Green (East Tennessee): “The Autonomy of Shattered Spirits”

10.30: Discussant: Aurelia Armstrong (University of Queensland)*

11.00: general discussion

 11.30: break

 11.45: Matt Kisner (South Carolina): “Spinoza’s Surprising Aristotelianism about Potentia”

12.15: Discussant: Andrea Sangiacomo (University of Groningen – University of Tilburg)

12.45: general discussion

 13.15: lunch

 Chair: Martin Lenz (University of Groningen)

15.00: Beth Lord (Aberdeen): “Spinoza’s ratios and relational autonomy”

15.30: Discussant: Ericka Tucker (Cal Poly Pomona – Arizona)*

16.00: general discussion

16.30: General discussion

17.00: Conclusion

Attendance is completely free, registration is welcome (to register, please send an email to a.sangiacomo@rug.nl).

* Discussant connected via Skype. A written version of the discussant’s reply will be circulated among the audience.

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