Spinoza and Proportion Conference Programme and Registration

Spinoza and Proportion Conference

5-6 May 2015, University of Aberdeen

This conference will explore themes of proportion, ratio, equality, and harmony in Spinoza’s philosophy. On Day 2 there is a special emphasis on Spinoza in relation to architecture and housing (papers by Frichot, Rawes, Kodalak, and White).

A provisional programme is now available below, and for download here: Spinoza and Proportion programme

All are welcome to attend. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required.

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Aberdeen can be reached by air (Aberdeen airport) or train. Information about travelling to Aberdeen (Old Aberdeen campus) and campus maps can be found here.

If you require overnight accommodation, you are strongly advised to book early, as demand for hotel rooms in Aberdeen is unusually high. Affordable hotels near the university include the Premier Inn Aberdeen City Centre (20 mins walk) and Hotel Ibis Aberdeen Centre (30 mins walk). There are several B&Bs on King Street, all within walking distance of the campus.

Please contact Beth Lord <s.b.lord@abdn.ac.uk> if you have any questions.


Tuesday 5 May

9:30                         Welcome and introduction

9:35-10:45             Simon Duffy (Yale-NUS College, Singapore), “Proportion as a barometer of the affective life in Spinoza”

10:45-11:55           Valtteri Viljanen (University of Turku), “Spinoza’s ontology geometrically illustrated: a reading of Ethics 2P8S”

12:00-1:00             generic proscar no prescription Lunch: the Hub (Not provided)

1:00-2:10               Anthony Uhlmann (University of Western Sydney), “‘The eyes of the mind’: ratio and art in Spinoza and Swift”

2:10-3:20               Timothy Yenter (University of Mississippi), “Harmony in Spinoza and his critics”

3:20-3:40               Coffee Break

3:40-4:50               Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen), “Spinoza’s ratios and relational autonomy”

4:50-5:00               Walk to Skype facility

5:00-6:10               Heidi Ravven (Hamilton College) (by Skype), “Ratio and activity: Spinoza’s biologizing of the mind in an Aristotelian key”

7:30                         Conference Dinner: The Stage Door Restaurant, North Silver Street, Aberdeen (Provided for all speakers free of charge. Others may attend by booking in advance, choosing the appropriate option through the Eventbrite link above, at a cost of £40 per person, payable to the restaurant on the night.)


Wednesday 6 May

9:30-10:40          Mike LeBuffe (University of Otago ) (by Skype), “The place of body in Spinoza’s metaphysics”

10:40-10:50        Walk to NK3

10:50-12:00        Helene Frichot (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm), “Slownesses and Speeds, Latitudes and Longitudes: In the Vicinity of Beatitude”

12:00-1:00          Lunch: the Hub (Not provided)

1:00-2:10            Gokhan Kodalak (Cornell University), “Spinoza, affective architecture, and proportionate power”

2:10-3:20            Peg Rawes (Bartlett UCL), Dissimiliarity: Spinoza’s geometric ratios and housing crises

3:20-3:40            Coffee Break

3:40-4:50            Stefan White (Manchester Metropolitan University), “The greater part: how intuition makes a better world”

5:00                      Finish