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In this course, prof. Steven Nadler, occupant of the Menasseh Chair for Jewish Studies will teach Bento (Baruch, Benedict) Spinoza’s philosophical masterpiece, the Ethics.

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Startdatum 6 mei 2019
Einddatum 16 mei 2019
Tijd 00:00

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Spinoza began this work in the early 1660s, not very long after his excommunication from Amsterdam’s Portuguese-Jewish community, put it aside (in light of certain political developments in the Netherlands) in 1665 to work on his Theological-Political Treatise, and then returned to it in the early 1670s. He did not publish it in his lifetime, however; it appeared in print only in 1677 (in Latin and Dutch editions), just after his death. We will engage in a close reading of the text, with special attention to the main metaphysical, epistemological, moral and political themes of the work. Of special interest will be Spinoza’s views on God, on human nature, on ethical behavior, and on happiness. We will also consider Spinoza’s relationship to other philosophers, including Desartes, Hobbes, and Maimonides.

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Date, time, location and price

  • Date: 6, 8, 9, 13, 15 and 16 May 2019
  • Time: Mondays, 19:00 - 21:00 
  • Location: P.C. Hoofthuis, 5.56
  • Price: 160 / 144 euro (discount price for AUV-members)


Important information

Course type Open UvA Course
Education Seminars
Semester/blok Semester 2, block 2
Language English
Study material To be announced
Deadline registration Closed
Algemene voorwaarden Open UvA-Colleges


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