[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

Paula Harmon pharmon at hampshire.edu
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.

Speaker bio:
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/.

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.
CBD to-do list updated and attached Paula Harmon, Administrative Assistant
School of Cognitive Science
Hampshire College
893 West Street Amherst, MA 01002
phone: 413.559.5502
fax: 413.559.5438
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