Symposium: Spinoza and Contemporary Political Philosophy

Symposium: Spinoza and Contemporary Political Philosophy (in honor of Professor Emeritus Gerasimos Vokos)

20 June 2017, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

A symposium on this subject will take place in the Maurice Saltiel Hall, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, on 20 June 2017 (9.35 am–18.30 pm). The participants include Etienne Balibar, Kiarina Kordela, Pierre François Moreau, Gerasimos Vokos. Attendance is free. The symposium will be in French and English simultaneous translation will be provided. The symposium is organized by the School of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Baruch Spinoza is acknowledged to be a key figure in the development of modern philosophy and political science. However much of the recent interest in his work tends to focus on historically oriented scholarship. Many current moral and political thinkers overlook his connection to the present, missing out on a major source of insight for today’s moral and political issues.

While some recent established scholars of Spinoza have applied his methods and ideas to contemporary problems, we think that this discussion deserves both greater attention and continued development. To this end, our symposium, which marks the retirement of Professor Gerasimos Vokos, will facilitate this dialogue in order to promote further application of Spinoza’s ideas to contemporary moral and political issues.

For further info, please see the conference website.

 

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