Beth Lord gave a paper on “Spinoza and architectural thinking” at the Spinoza Circle, London (June 2018), the Society for European Philosophy conference, University of Essex (June 2018), the Spinoza and Culture conference, Manchester Metropolitan University (August 2018), and in a seminar at the University of Warwick (October 2018).
We are delighted to announce the publication of Spinoza’s Philosophy of Ratio, edited by Beth Lord and published by Edinburgh University Press. The book brings together essays on Spinoza, ratio, architecture, and wellbeing from the Equalities of Wellbeing project.
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Readers will learn from this book that a philosophy of ratio is not to be conflated with a rationalist philosophy. The authors draw on the three senses of ratio – reason, relation and proportion – to explore their interdependence and, crucially, the emergent and constructed conatus towards equality and wellbeing. This valuable book demonstrates that empiricism and rationalism need not be opposed. – Andrej Radman, Delft University of Technology
This volume represents an important collective re-thinking of Spinoza’s key concept of ratio. Along with new interpretations of his treatment of the relations between reason and emotion, it offers fascinating insights into the relevance of his philosophy for understanding contemporary issues in relation to artistic practice, architecture and the built environment.- Genevieve Lloyd, Emeritus Professor in Philosophy, University of New South Wales
From his geometrical method to his geometrical examples; from his doctrine of reason to his explanation of bodies in motion; and from his account of the affects to his understanding of social relations, ratio is of prime importance in Spinoza’s philosophy.
These essays explore the surprisingly varied dimensions of this unacknowledged keystone of Spinoza’s thought. They take you from Spinoza’s geometrical diagrams to his concepts of mind, body, the emotions, and the cosmos. It shows how Spinoza’s thinking about ratio influences the concept of proportion in Gulliver’s Travels, the differential ontology of Deleuze, egalitarian design for wellbeing, and the notion of an affective architecture.
Introduction, Beth Lord
Spinoza’s Ontology Geometrically Illustrated: A Reading of Ethics IIP8S, Valtteri Viljanen
Reason and Body in Spinoza’s Metaphysics, Michael LeBuffe
Ratio and Activity: Spinoza’s Biologizing of the Mind in an Aristotelian Key, Heidi M. Ravven
Harmony in Spinoza and His Critics, Timothy Yenter
Ratio as the basis of Spinoza’s concept of equality, Beth Lord
Proportion as a barometer of the affective life in Spinoza, Simon B. Duffy
Spinoza, Heterarchical Ontology and Affective Architecture, Gökhan Kodalak
Dissimilarity: Spinoza’s ethical ratios and housing welfare, Peg Rawes
The greater part: How intuition forms better worlds, Stefan White
Slownesses and Speeds, Latitudes and Longitudes: In the Vicinity of Beatitude, Hélène Frichot
The Eyes of the Mind: Proportion in Spinoza, Swift, Ibn Tufayl, Anthony Uhlmann
Spinoza’s Philosophy of Ratio, edited by Beth Lord, was published by Edinburgh University Press in May 2018.
Comprising 11 essays from contributors to the Equalities of Wellbeing project – Peg Rawes, Beth Lord, Simon B. Duffy, Helene Frichot, Gokhan Kodalak, Michael LeBuffe, Heidi M. Ravven, Anthony Uhlmann, Valtteri Viljanen, Stefan White, and Timothy Yenter – the book argues that ratio is a key concept in Spinoza’s philosophy, from reason, minds, bodies, and the cosmos, to architecture, art and literature. Find out more about the book in this longer post, and at the EUP website.
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Equal by Design will be screened as part of the Arts of Spinoza and Pacific Spinoza conference and events in Auckland, New Zealand, at the end of May. Beth Lord and Peg Rawes will be joining by Skype for a discussion session afterwards.
SPINOZA & AESTHETICS/SPACE
Friday April 21, 2017
INTRODUCTION | JB Shank | University of Minnesota 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
WORKSHOP I | Arun Saldanha | University of Minnesota: Spinoza’s Geography of Bodies: Global Capitalism and the Responsibility to Revolt
Respondents| Harshit Rathi + Joseph Bermas-Dawes 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
LUNCH BREAK 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WORKSHOP II | Peg Rawes| University College London: Dissimilarity: Spinoza’s Ethical Ratios and Housing Welfare. Respondents| Anjali Ganapathy + Austin Young 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
COFFEE BREAK 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WORKSHOP III | Susan Ruddick| University of Toronto: A/Synchronic Earth: Spinoza and the Spatial Aesthetic of the Anthropocene. Respondents| Kai Bosworth + Lindsey Weber 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
135 Nicholson Hall | University of Minnesota
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On 10 November 2016 Equal by Design was screened for a meeting of around 15 members of the Scottish Young Planners’ Network (part of the Royal Town Planning Institute) in Edinburgh. The screening was followed by a discussion with Beth Lord, Adam Lang of Shelter Scotland, and Nikola Miller of Homes for Scotland.
In October 2016, a screening and discussion were held at the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Early Modern Studies.
Further screenings at University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Council are coming up in the new year.
Project film Equal by Design is now freely available to view and share online:
Based on Peg Rawes’ and Beth Lord’s research from the Equalities of Wellbeing project, the film is a 25-minute documentary about how the philosophy of Spinoza helps us to think about inequality, housing design, and the UK housing crisis.
It features contributions from architects Peter Barber, Alex Ely, and Sarah Wigglesworth; Shelter’s Deborah Garvie and former director of the Equality Trust, Duncan Exley; geographer Danny Dorling and Guardian writer Oliver Wainwright. The film was directed by Adam Low and produced by Martin Rosenbaum of Lone Star Productions.
Additional filmed interviews on the website provide further context for the film.
We hope you enjoy the film and would love to hear your feedback. The audience survey (which ran from June-December 2016) is now closed, but you may send us a comment through Twitter. Join or view the discussion: #EqualbyDesign or tweet us @EqualitiesofWB