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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

Collegium Spinozanum IV

Painting of spinoza

* Postponed until 2023 * 

This Summer School aims at bringing together advanced students and established scholars working broadly on Spinoza’s thought, sources and reception. The goal of the Summer School is to create an international forum to stimulate scholarly exchange and conversations inspired by different approaches and methodologies.

During morning sessions, established scholars in several different areas of Spinoza studies will offer seminars on some of the frontier research topics in the field. Afternoon sessions will consist of discussions of selected papers presented by participants and reading groups on short texts belonging to Spinoza’s works, or significant for the reception of Spinoza’s philosophy.

Practical information

Dates & location Postponed to 2023, new date will be announced in due time, Groningen, the Netherlands

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



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.

  • Raphaele Andrault (ENS Lyon)
  • Gábor Boros (Budapest)
  • Steven Nadler (USA)
  • Noa Shein (Ben-Gurion University)

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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