Seminar: Spinoza, Goethe, Deleuze: All is Leaf (or Rhizome--take your pick)Export this event to calendar

Saturday, March 12, 2016 — 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM EST
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
Cost 
Free admission
Location 
ML - Modern Languages
Room 245
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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