Fall 2000

Professor Kenneth Surin

114 Art Museum Building, East Campus

Tel# 684-4364


Office Hours: please sign up on sheets on my office door or make an appointment.

The class will be run as a seminar in order to encourage close and detailed readings of the text. Texts for this class can be obtained from the Textbook Store in the Bryan Center (tel: 684-6793).


Students taking this course for credit will have to submit a 20-30 page term paper.


Spinoza, Benedict A Spinoza Reader Princeton University Press

Spinoza, Benedict Theologico-Political Treatise Dover

Balibar, Etienne Spinoza and Politics Verso

Deleuze, Gilles Spinoza: Practical Philosophy City Lights

Gatens, Moira & Lloyd, Genevieve Collective Imaginings Routledge

Mason, Richard The God of Spinoza Cambridge University Press

Negri, Antonio The Savage Anomaly Minnesota University Press

Stolze, Ted & Montag, Warren (eds.) The New Spinoza Minnesota University Press


August 30 Introductions

Sept 6 Ethics, Part 1

Sept 13 Ethics, Part 2

Sept 20 No Class (Rethinking Marxism Conference at Amherst)

Sept 27 Ethics, Parts 3 and 4; Deleuze, Spinoza: Practical Philosophy

Oct 4 A Theologico-Political Treatise, Preface to Ch. X

Oct 11 A Theologico-Political Treatise, Ch. XI-XV

Oct 18 A Theologico-Political Treatise, Ch. XVI-end; A Political Treatise

Oct 25 Mason, The God of Spinoza

Nov 1 Gatens and Lloyd, Collective Imaginings

Nov 8 Montag and Stolze, The New Spinoza

Nov 15 Balibar, Spinoza and Politics

Nov 22 No Class- Thanksgiving Break

Nov 29 Negri, The Savage Anomaly


Here are some useful additional secondary texts for the topics covered in this class:

Jonathan Bennett, A Study of Spinoza's Ethics

E.M. Curley, Behind the Geometrical Method: A Reading of Spinoza's Ethics

E.M. Curley and P.-F. Moreau, eds., Spinoza: Issues and Directions

Douglas Den Uyl, Power, State and Freedom : An Interpretation of Spinoza's Political Philosophy

Don Garrett, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza

Gilles Deleuze, Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza

Marjorie Grene, ed., Spinoza: A Collection of Critical Essays

Martial Gueroult, Spinoza I: Dieu

-----------, Spinoza II: L'Ame

Stuart Hampshire, Spinoza

Genevieve Lloyd, Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Spinoza and the Ethics

Genevieve Lloyd, Part of Nature: Self-Knowledge in Spinoza's Ethics

Pierre Macheray, Hegel ou Spinoza

Alexandre Matheron, Individu et communauté chez Spinoza

Steven M. Nadler, Spinoza: A Life

Warren Montag, Bodies, Masses, Power: Spinoza and His Contemporaries

Christopher Norris, Spinoza and the Origin's of Modern Critical Theory

Richard H. Popkin, The History of Skepticism from Erasmus to Spinoza

G.H.R. Parkinson, Spinoza's Theory of Knowledge

Steven B. Smith, Spinoza, Liberalism, and the Question of Jewish Identity

H.A. Wolfson, The Philosophy of Spinoza

Yirmiyahu Yovel, Spinoza and Other Heretics, 2 vols.

Yirmiyahu Yovel, ed., Spinoza on Knowledge and the Human Mind

Yirmiyahu Yovel, ed., Desire and Affect : Spinoza As Psychologist

Studia Spinozana is a very useful annual publication containing essays, reviews, and discussions.


Here are some useful links for the topics covered in this class:

Chrisstenson's Spinoza Page

Spinoza Chronology

Spinoza Exhibition

Spinoza Webibliography

Spinoza Page (Oregon State U.)

Studia Spinoziana

UK Spinoza Site

Yesselman's Spinoza Page

Duke University Online Catalogue