Hobbes and Spinoza in the 21st Century

May 1, 2015 - May 2, 2015
Department of Philosophy , Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

McLaughlin Hall, John Deutsch University Centre
87 Union Street


  • Canadian Journal of Philosophy


Jeff Collins
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Julie Cooper
Tel Aviv University
Ed Curley
University of Michigan
Torin Doppelt
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
David Gauthier
University of Pittsburgh
Jan Narveson
University of Waterloo
Hasana Sharp
McGill University
Justin Steinberg
City University of New York
Matthew Taylor
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario


Torin Doppelt
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Matthew Taylor
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

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Recent interest in Hobbes and Spinoza has tended to focus on their ideas in historical context. From this perspective, Hobbes is acknowledged to be an important influence on Spinoza, and both are key figures in the development of modern political philosophy and science. Yet many current moral and political thinkers overlook Hobbes and Spinoza, and the connection between them, thus losing out on a major source of insight for current moral and political issues. While some recent notable discussions of Hobbes and Spinoza have applied their methods and ideas to contemporary problems, we think that these discussions are deserving of both greater attention and continued development.

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