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Journal of Spinoza Studies 

Journal of Spinoza Studies

Date:24 November 2021
Author:Andrea Sangiacomo

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Radar Love: Conway and separated unity

Date:14 June 2021
Author:Hugo Hogenbirk

We've got a thing that's called radar love.

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Big historical data: a gappy mess

Date:17 February 2021
Author:Silvia Donker

We live in datafied times– times in which we are used to having an overload of information about any individual, place or event. Today’s data deluge shows an extraordinary capacity to store, retrieve and elaborate information. With digitization, people...

‘The Art of the Brick' Lego exhibit

Spinozistic LEGO in InCircolo

Date:04 January 2021
Author:Harmen Grootenhuis

In these postmodern times, grand narratives are out of fashion and the scientific advance has set the academic disciplines adrift on the sea of specialization. With these two developments in mind, the quest of several scholars to advocate modern-day...

White Mirror

A teaching confession

Date:04 December 2020
Author:Andrea Sangiacomo

A teahcing confession: or an important but neglected side of philosophy that needs to be practiced and taught, now presented in some lengthy reflections (but also concise in their own way) that touch upon potential drawbacks of current teaching practices,...

Bergamo (It), Military trucks transport Coronavirus victims' coffins

Covid-19 and online teaching: mind the slope

Date:23 March 2020
Author:Andrea Sangiacomo

With Covid-19 becoming a world pandemic, most countries started to close schools and universities in the attempt of slowing down the speed of contagion. In Europe, Italy was the first in adopting this measure and now other countries are following—quickly....

Rembrandt, Philosopher in meditation (1632)

What can we learn today from Descartes’ Meditations?

Date:28 February 2020
Author:Andrea Sangiacomo

This is the fifth year in a row that I teach Descartes’ Meditations to first year philosophy students. Over the years, my reasons to teach the Meditations shifted significantly. At the beginning, it was all about close reading of a text, trying to teach...

Emanuele Severino (1929 – 2020)

Emanuele Severino: taking philosophy seriously

Date:24 January 2020
Author:Andrea Sangiacomo

‘Being’ is not being a nothing. ‘Being’ is the ‘force’ that pushes nothingness away. Since it is impossible for being to be nothing, ‘nothing’ is just the positive content of a contradiction (the content ‘nothing’ that wants to signify its own not being a...

Anne Conway

Some Thoughts on Teaching Early Modern Women

Date:18 December 2019
Author:Peter West

Just a couple of weeks ago I finished teaching a semester-long course called ‘Early Modern Women on Knowledge and Nature’ at University College Dublin. This is the first time I have run this course (though it won’t be the last) and I’ve come out the other...

Vico, Scienza Nuova, Dipintura allegorica (detail)

Spoiler: Theory of silence

Date:06 December 2019
Author:Andrea Sangiacomo

I’m revising the manuscript of a book that should (hopefully) appear next spring (2020). The title is Theory of silence. Original experience and language starting from Giambattista Vico (my English rendering for the actual title: Teoria del silenzio....