Baruch SpinozaSpinoza &
Modern Jewish Philosophy

Academic Conference: “Spinoza & Modern Jewish Philosophy”
May 21-22, 2017
Stroum Lectures: “Spinoza as Revolutionary”
May 21 & 23, 2017, 7:00pm
Prof. Jonathan Israel

The 2017 Stroum Lectures will be held in conjunction with the international conference on Spinoza and Modern Jewish Philosophy.

Together, the conference and the Lectures will explore the myriad ways in which Spinoza has contributed to the development of modern Jewish philosophy.

Spinoza & Modern Jewish Philosophy

Short essays from conference participants that consider Spinoza’s legacy and compelling questions in modern Jewish philosophy.

Conference Schedule

Learn more about conference timing,
topics, and locations.

About the Participants

An international set of scholars will explore
Spinoza’s ideas and legacy.

This international conference aims to explore the myriad ways in which Spinoza contributed to the development of modern Jewish philosophy.

Although Spinoza was banned from the Jewish community in 1656 due to his “abominable heresies,” posterity has come to see his work differently. For some he is the central figure of the radical Enlightenment and the secular world. For others he is the first modern Jew, the harbinger of reforms that make Judaism possible in the modern world. Is Spinoza antithetical to the basic tenets of Judaism, or is his work essential to the articulation of a modern Jewish identity?

Conference sessions will explore Spinoza’s philosophy and its impact on the philosophical, historical, and literary understanding of the modern world.

Register to Attend

The conference is open to the public and free to attend, but space is limited. Please register in advance.

Conference Day 1: Sunday, May 21

Click to register for the Stroum Lecture on Sunday, May 21:
“In What Sense Was Spinoza a Revolutionary Thinker?”

Conference Day 2: Monday, May 22

Click to register for the Stroum Lecture on Tuesday, May 23:
“Jewish Emancipation and the Radical Enlightenment”

The conference is supported by:

UW Department of Philosophy
UW Department of Germanics
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