Event Date: 17 February 2020
University of London
London WC1E 7HU
The Aristotelian Society presents:
Dr Alexander Douglas (St Andrews) – Spinoza’s Unquiet Acquiescentia
Alexander Douglas is a lecturer in the School of Philosophical, Anthropological, and Film Studies at the University of St Andrews. Previously he taught at Heythrop College, University of London. He studies early modern rationalism, particularly various forms of Cartesianism and especially that of Spinoza. He is interested in the idea that human reason can access a reality not visible to the senses and aims to trace some of its history, involving the history of formal logic and theology as well as of philosophy. He is the author of Spinoza and Dutch Cartesianism: Philosophy and Theology (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is also interested in critiques of political economy and is the author of The Philosophy of Debt (Routledge, 2015). He is currently writing a book that draws on Spinoza’s philosophy to present the thesis that ‘special hope’ – hope that exceeds scientifically-warranted belief – is both a personal and political virtue.