Event Date: 17 – 18 May 2013
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1E 7HX
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.
Friday 17 May 2013
Introduction to the conference by Susan James (Birkbeck).
Moira Gatens and Paul Patton – The Exemplar in Spinoza and Nietzsche
Donald Rutherford – Perfectionism in Spinoza and Nietzsche
Hannah Grosse Wiesmann – Spinoza’s Conatus and Nietzsche’s Will to Power: Self-Preservation vs. Increase of Power?
Saturday 18 May 2013
Martin Saar – Another Radical Enlightenment? Spinoza and Nietzsche on Power and Knowledge
Alexander Douglas and Christoph Schuringa – Spinoza and Nietzsche On Valuing
Round Table Discussion: