Summer School Collegium Spinozanum

RU_thumbnailThe Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and University of Groningen invite PhD students/ ReMa students in philosophy to register for the summerschool “Collegium Spinozanum” to take place July 7-10, 2015.

Organizing university

University of Groningen


7-10 July 2015


Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen

Type of activity

4-day summer school

Primary target group

PhD students, ReMa students

Application/registration deadline

Deadline for registration: 1 June 2015
Deadline for housing: 1 May 2015
Deadline for student sessions: 20 April 2015

About the topic

From 7 to 10 July 2015, the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen will host a Summer School entirely focused on Spinoza and Spinozisms in their historical and philosophical context.

The summer school is intended for graduate students (Master’s and PhD) and post-docs, whose research is significantly connected to Spinoza’s thought.

During morning sessions, established scholars in several different areas of Spinoza studies will offer seminars on some of the frontier research topics in the field. Afternoon sessions will consist of discussions of selected papers presented by students.

Aim / objective

The overall aim of this summer school is to foster interactions and discussions among researchers at different stages of their career, and spark new suggestions for the ongoing debates on Spinoza’s philosophy.


Provisory Programme*

Tuesday 7 July The fundaments of Spinoza’s philosophy  
Morning seminars: Ursula Renz (University of Klagenfurt): Spinoza’s epistemology
Matthew Kisner (University of South Carolina): Spinoza’s ethical theory
Syliane Malinowski-Charles (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières): Spinoza’s theory of affects
Afternoon Student session (I)
Wednesday 8 July Spinoza in the history of philosophy
Morning Seminars: Andrea Sangiacomo (University of Groningen): Spinoza and Aristotle on teleology and virtue
Lodi Nauta (University of Groningen): Spinoza and Hobbes on Biblical Criticism
Afternoon: Student session (II)
Summer School Dinner
Thursday 9 July Spinoza’s networks
Morning seminars Henri Krop (Erasmus University Rotterdam): Spinoza’s circle: the case of Abraham Johannes Cuffeler
Han van Ruler (Erasmus University Rotterdam): Was Spinoza a Leiden student?
Afternoon The afternoon will be free. Participants will have the possibility to take part to a half-day trip to Rijnsburg to visit Spinoza’s house museum.
Friday 10 July New readings of Spinoza
Morning seminars Piet Steenbakkers (Utrecht University): The new critical edition of Spinoza’s Ethics
Martin Lenz (University of Groningen): Spinoza and intersubjectivity
Keith Green (University of East Tennessee): Spinoza and relational autonomy
Afternoon Student session (III)

*This programme is still provisory. The definitive programme, including student presentations, will be available shortly after June 1.

Abstract submission

In your application you need to provide the following documents:– Short CV (2 pages) including personal data, affiliations, topic of research and publications.To submit a paper for the student sessions, send an extended abstract of 1,000 words to Deadline: April 20th 2015. Notification of acceptance: April 30th 2015.

Required preparations

Level Requirements

Students should have a solid background knowledge in Spinoza’s philosophy.

Language Requirements

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to participate actively in the discussions and to present their own work in English .


The regular fee is €100 for master students and €150 for PhD students and Postdocs. The fee is non-refundable.

ReMa and PhD student members of the OZSW can participate against a reduced fee of €50  (please specify whether you are ReMa or PhD student member of the OZSW in the Application Form).

How to apply / register

There is a limited number of places, so early registration is strongly recommended. The final deadline for registration is June 1st 2015, or until the available places have all been filled. In order to apply, you are requested to send a short c.v. (2 pages maximum) including personal data, affiliations, topic of research and publications.

To submit a paper for the student sessions, send an extended abstract of 1,000 words to , deadline April 20th 2015. Notification of acceptance: May 1st 2015.

To finalize the registration a fee of 100 euros for master students and 150 euros for ph.d. and postdocs is required. This fee is non-refundable.

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Andrea Sangiacomo

See also the website from University of Groningen for detailed information.

Contact info

For further information, please contact Andrea Sangiacomo (