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Spinoza-Leibniz Workshop: Lessons from, and for Philosophy’s History

29. April 2016 - 1. Mai 2016

The aims and purpose of the history of philosophy have recently been the subject of an important debate in the Journal of the History of Philosophy, centered on the interpretation of Spinoza. One of the issues arising from this discussion is the question of how our understanding of philosophy’s history ought to be related to contemporary philosophical debates. This workshop is an effort to promote further discussion of this methodological issue, as well as to promote research that unifies inquiry into philosophy with inquiry into its history. With this goal in mind, the 2016 Spinoza-Leibniz Workshop at Michigan State University will feature papers that illuminate the significance of Spinoza and/or Leibniz for contemporary philosophy, or vice versa. What lessons can we learn from the works of historical authors, like Spinoza and Leibniz, which could be applied to philosophical debates unfolding today? And conversely, what lessons from contemporary philosophy could help us to better understand — or more carefully criticize — the thought of these historical figures?

  • Michael Della Rocca (Yale): TBA
  • Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers): TBA
  • Emily Grosholz (Penn State): TBA
  • Galen Barry (Old Dominion) & James Darcy (Virginia): „Hyperintensionality: A Spinoza Case Study“
  • Sebastian Bender (Rice): „Leibniz’s Rationalist Account of Persistence“
  • Kyle Driggers (UNC Chapel Hill): „The Status of Spinoza’s Ineffable Attributes“
  • Christopher Frugé (Houston): „Shared Parts and Political Authority: Groups as Individuals in Spinoza“
  • Austen Haynes (Boston U): „Locke and Leibniz on Species Classification“
  • Julia Jorati (Ohio State): „Leibnizian Bondage and Contemporary Philosophy of Action“
  • Justin Steinberg (CUNY Brooklyn): „Spinoza and the Politics of Hope and Fear“


29. April 2016
1. Mai 2016


Michigan State University
+1 517-355-1855


Michigan State University
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