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Séminaire

Spinoza en Sorbonne

SÉMINAIRE INTERNATIONAL DE RECHERCHE SUR SPINOZA EN SORBONNE 2020-2021
 
Coordonné par Chantal Jaquet, Pascal Sévérac, Ariel Suhamy

 
ACTUALITÉ DE SPINOZA
Traité théologico-politique

À l’occasion du 350ème anniversaire de la parution du Traité théologico-politique, le séminaire fera le point sur les recherches récentes portant sur cet ouvrage, aussi bien en matière de liberté religieuse que de liberté politique. Il reviendra sur les fondements de l’interprétation des textes sacrés et de l’autorité politique et il mettra l’accent sur l’usage qui peut être fait du traité pour éclairer des concepts comme ceux de laïcité, de décision ou de vie vraie.

Prochaine séance : 10 mars 2021 à 18h en visioconférence

Mogens Laerke

Présentation du livre Spinoza and the Freedom of Philosophizing. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021, 400 p. ISBN: 9780192895417

Spinoza and the Freedom of Philosophizing is a study of freedom of speech, good government, civic responsibility, public education, and the foundations of religion and society, as seen through the eyes of seventeenth-century Dutch philosopher Spinoza. During the Golden Age of the Dutch Republic, a new kind of public sphere emerged. Courtly structures of political advice made room for new, republican forms of public consultation between the sovereign powers and the general citizenry. Missing, however, were guidelines for how and when to address questions of public concern and how to form unprejudiced citizens in possession of their own free judgment, capable of speaking up for themselves in public deliberations with the common interest in view. The book argues that Spinoza's conception of the freedom of philosophizing, and the systematic political theory he developed to defend it in his 1670 Theological-Political Treatise, were conceived to provide just such guidelines. It shows how Spinoza understood the freedom of philosophizing as a collective style of reasoning and argument based on mutual teaching and advising, a model for the public sphere in a free republic. It studies the conditions under which such a public sphere of free philosophizing could flourish, how it would require popular reform of public education and democratic reorganization of the relations between political counsel and sovereign command. It also shows how Spinoza designed theological and political doctrines of universal faith and social contract in order to promote true religion and a sense of civic duty, and asserted the state's right over sacred matters as a means to ensure mutual toleration in a multi-religious society.


L'intervention de Christophe MIQUEU,  L’usage du Traité théologico-politique pour penser la laïcité aura lieu le 26 mai