[CS] TODAY!, March 7: "Spinoza's God (or Nature)" by Steven Nadler, Ph.D.; 5:30 in MLH. Hosted by The Hampshire College lecture series on Science & Religion
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Thu Mar 7 11:11:08 EST 2013
The Hampshire College lecture series on Science & Religion - A PUBLIC
Title of talk: "Spinoza's God (or Nature)"
Speaker: Dr. Steven Nadler
Location: Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College
Abstract: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
Thursday, March 7^th at 5:30pm in FPH Main Lecture Hall
For more information, please visit http://scienceandreligion.hampshire.edu
The lecture hall is accessible. If you need special accommodations
please contact Hampshire College's Disability Services Office at
413.559.5423, at least one week prior to the event.
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School of Cognitive Science
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