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Collegium Spinozanum IV

An international summer school on Spinoza and Spinozisms in their Historical and Philosophical Contexts

The summer school Collegium Spinozanum IV took place from July 4 th and July 7 th 2023 in Groningen Netherlands. The event brought together around 60 philosophers working on different aspects of the work of Baruch Spinoza. Our four speakers, Raphaële Andrault (ENS Lyon), Gábor Boros (Károli Gáspár University Budapest), Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins University) and Andrea Sangiacomo (University of Groningen) were joined by participants coming from 12 countries and 17 institutions around the world. In addition to the lectures and presentations, the programme featured two thematic lunches and a reading group on Tantric nondual immanentism. You can check out the programme and flyer of the event.

We warmly thank all our participants for a wonderful time together and look forward to welcoming them at our future events! We also extend our gratitude to the RUG Summer and Winter School Office for their invaluable support as well as to the Groningen Faculty of Philosophy and to the German Spinoza-Gesellschaft for financial support.

Prof. Dr. Martin Lenz and Irina Ciobanu

Faculty of Philosophy

Practical information
Dates & location

4 - 7 July 2023

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen


From advanced BA students to senior academics


The fee includes course materials, administration costs, four lunches, coffee breaks and one dinner

€ 250 - PhDs, postdocs and senior staff
€ 150 - undergraduate students

Academic coordinators

Prof. Dr. Martin Lenz, Faculty of Philosophy

Irina Ciobanu, Faculty of Philosophy

Martin Lenz: m.lenz

Irina Ciobanu: i.c.ciobanu



This course is designed for advanced BA students, MA and ReMa students, PhDs, postdocs and senior academics.

All participants should have some basic prior knowledge of Spinoza’s philosophy and some familiarity with philosophy and history of philosophy as such.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  1. Have a solid grasp on some of the most challenging aspects of Spinoza’s philosophy and its historical dimension.
  2. Navigate contemporary scholarly discussions in philosophy that relate in particular with Spinoza and Spinozism.
  3. Develop analytical skills in reading, understanding, analysing and explaining historical texts.
  4. Develop social and academic skills for interacting with a diverse audience and actively engage in public discussions on a given topic.


Preparatory work: 24h
Contact hours: 30h

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 54 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Application procedure

To apply, kindly fill out the online application form. Please note that you will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • Motivation statement (max 300 words) stating the reasons for attending the Collegium.

For those who wish to present a paper: send an abstract of max. 500 words directly to summerschoolphilosophy

Deadline for Registration: April 1, 2023

Participants who apply to present a paper will be notified of acceptance by April 15 (they’ll still have to formally register to the summer school to be officially accepted).

Please note that in the case that the number of applications will exceed 40, a selection may take place. The selection will give priority to participants who have been accepted and further to those who best meet the requirement (prior knowledge of Spinoza and background in philosophy and history of philosophy), and who completed their registration earlier.

The Collegium Spinozanum is part of the activities of the Department of History of Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy. The Faculty offers a Research Master program in philosophy (with a track in history of philosophy).

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