Donald Rutherford – Perfectionism in Spinoza and Nietzsche

Event Date: 17 – 18 May 2013

Room B01
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck, University of London
Torrington Square
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents:

Spinoza and Nietzsche in Dialogue

A two-day conference

Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in 1881: “I am utterly amazed, utterly enchanted! I have a precursor, and what a precursor! [T]his most unusual and loneliest thinker is closest to me precisely in these matters: he denies the freedom of the will, teleology, the moral world-order, the unegoistic, and evil.

This conference brings together scholars from around the world working in differing intellectual traditions to explore the many connections between the thought of Spinoza and Nietzsche. Both are in a range of respects radical thinkers with a highly individual approach to the tradition that preceded them. This event will put Spinoza and Nietzsche in dialogue, and in so doing widen the dialogue among scholars, and in addition bring the discussion to a wide public.

Donald Rutherford (University of California, San Diego, USA) – Perfectionism in Spinoza and Nietzsche





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