Seminar: Spinoza, Goethe, Deleuze: All is Leaf (or Rhizome--take your pick)

Saturday, March 12, 2016 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST (GMT -05:00)
Headshot of 17th-century philosopher Benedictus (Baruch) Spinoza.
The German Romantic Novalis called Baruch Spinoza a "God-intoxicated man." Next to Rousseau, there is hardly a more influential thinker for late 18th-century German intellectual life. Spinoza's belief in the unity of nature and spirit, along with the unity of all that exists, was attractive to Lessing, Goethe, Hölderlin, Novalis, and Schelling, among others. After Gilles Deleuze's re-popularization of Spinoza, the 17th-century philosopher's influence cannot be underestimated for a range of theoretical approaches today, from affect theory to neo-vitalism. This seminar will provide a deeper understanding of Spinoza: we will read Goethe through Spinoza, and simultaneously Spinoza through Deleuze.
Open to the public. Coffee and refreshments served in the afternoon.
Guest speakers:
Frederick Amrine, Ph.D., University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Michail Vlasopoulos, cand. phil.,  University of Chicago
William Morgan, cand. BA. in German and History, University of Michigan, the #1-ranked U.S. collegiate debater
You can download and read these  texts ahead of the seminar: Goethean Intuitions, and "The Magic Formula We All Seek": Spinoza + Fichte = x