Call for Papers: Spinoza and Proportion conference

Spinoza and Proportion

A conference of the AHRC Equalities of Wellbeing project

5-6 May 2015, University of Aberdeen, Scotland (Please note change of date)


CALL FOR PAPERS: Deadline 1 December 2014

This conference will explore proportion in Spinoza’s philosophy. We are interested in papers that treat any aspect of this topic both within and outside of philosophy; interdisciplinary papers, and papers from people at any career stage (including PhD students) are welcome. Papers should fit broadly into one of three thematic areas:

  • Geometrical proportion. For example, papers could address the geometrical method, Spinoza’s use of mathematical and geometrical examples, ratio and analogy, or connections between Spinoza’s philosophy and music, drawing, building, or design.
  • Proportions of individuals. For example, papers could address proportions of motion and rest, proportions of reason and imagination, relational properties, adequacy, parallelism, or part-whole relations.
  • Proportion in communities. For example, papers could address proportions of power in political systems, proportional representation, distributive justice, equality, similitude and difference in community building, or freedom proportionate to power.

Please send a 300-word abstract to Beth Lord at by 1 December 2014. Please indicate your name, institutional affiliation, and whether you are a staff member or PhD student. Participants will be informed by the end of December. Travel funding, accommodation, and conference dinner will be provided for all speakers.

Beth Lord in Australia

Beth Lord will be presenting research related to the Equalities of Wellbeing project in Sydney and Wollongong this month:

18-25 August: 5-day postgraduate seminar on Human Nature and the Construction of the State: Hobbes and Spinoza, University of Sydney

20 August: Research seminar on “Ratios and Relational Autonomy” at the University of Wollongong

22 August: Research seminar on “Ratios and Relational Autonomy” in the SHAPE seminar, University of Sydney

26 August: Paper on “Debt, charity, and redistribution in Spinoza’s state” at the workshop Human Nature and the Construction of the State: Hobbes and Spinoza, University of Sydney


Catch the Equalities of Wellbeing team at SEP-FEP 2014

Beth Lord, Peg Rawes, and Christopher Thomas will be presenting papers at the annual joint conference of the Society for European Philosophy and the Forum for European Philosophy (SEP-FEP 2014) at the University of Utrecht, Sept. 3-5, 2014.

We are delighted to be joined by Caroline Williams on our panel, “Self-Determination in Spinoza: Interdisciplinary Approaches”, on Sept. 5.

Beth Lord – ‘Spinoza’s Ratios and Relational Autonomy’

Peg Rawes – Spinoza’s Geometric Thinking and Housing Rights’

Christopher Thomas – ‘Spinoza’s Problem of Indeterminacy and Melville’s Bartleby’

Caroline Williams – ‘Thinking Nature After Spinoza: Towards a Morphology of Subjectivity’

SEP-FEP is the largest annual conference of continental philosophy in Europe. Programme, information and registration information can be found here: