october, 2019

11oct4:00 pm6:00 pmContinental Philosophy SeminarBetween Radical Democracy and Republicanism: Spinoza's Conception of Democracy4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Flinders University | Room 203 Humanities BuildingAudience:Alumni,Future students,General Public,International students,Recent graduates,Researchers,Staff,Students,Teachers

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Two influential approaches to Spinoza’s political philosophy assert respectively that he adumbrates a republican or a radical democratic political theory. I will show that neither of these approaches can square with the last part of the Spinoza’s Theological Political Treatise. At first glance, this may suggest that Spinoza idiosyncratically attempts to combine these two positions. But on closer inspection, and with reference to the philosophical tradition, I will argue instead that Spinoza develops a political version of epicureanism—one that places practical judgment at the centre of action and political praxis.

Dimitris Vardoulakis is the deputy chair of Philosophy at Western Sydney University. He is the author of The Doppelgänger: Literature’s Philosophy (2010), Sovereignty and its Other: Toward the Dejustification of Violence (2013), Freedom from the Free Will: On Kafka’s Laughter (2016), Stasis Before the State: Nine Theses on Agonistic Democracy (2018), and Authority and Utility: On Spinoza’s Epicureanism (forthcoming in 2020). He is the director of “Thinking Out Loud: The Sydney Lectures in Philosophy and Society,” and the co-editor of the book series “Incitements” (Edinburgh University Press).

Presenter: A/Prof Dimitris Vardoulakis

Further Information: Associate Professor Dimitris Vardoulakis- Continental Philosophy Seminar


Friday 11  October 2019 | 4pm – 6pm

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