Team

Ursula Renz has been working on Spinoza for almost twenty years. She is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. She has published widely on early modern philosophy (Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Shaftesbury), Kant, and the Marburg School of Neo-Kantianism (Cohen, Natorp, Cassirer), as well as on the emotions, self-knowledge, and the problem of epistemic trust. She has recently edited Self-Knowledge. A History (2017), and is now working on issues related with the ideal of self-knowledge, the concept of wisdom and the human life form in early modern philosophy. Her book on Spinoza, Die Erklärbarkeit der Erfahrung, which is also an important source for the project, was awarded the Journal of the History of Philosophy Book Prize in 2011. An English translation is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2018.

Barnaby Hutchins works on points of failure in systems of thought, mostly in the context of early modern philosophy. His PhD was on nonreductionism in Descartes’s biology, and its relation to his metaphysics and epistemology. He is now working on the role of the human standpoint in Spinoza’s metaphysics and epistemology – in particular, its apparent conflict with his monism. He was previously a research fellow at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and a visiting scholar at Duke University.

Sarah Tropper’s predominant research interest lies in early modern philosophy with a particular focus on early modern rationalism. She wrote her PhD at King’s College London on the genesis and implications of the notion of simplicity in Leibniz’s metaphysics. Within the project, she currently works as a postdoc researcher on Spinoza’s conceptions of ‘form’ and ‘species’.

Philip Waldner is a PhD-Researcher at the University of Klagenfurt. He completed his Master’s degree at the Institute for Philosophy in Vienna with a Thesis on Gilles Deleuze’s philosophy of cinema. He is currently working on the practical-political consequences of Spinoza’s metaphysics regarding human life form.

Namita Herzl is the student assistant of the project. She is interested in Spinoza’s theory of emotions as well as the concept of human freedom.

Marion Blancher is a PhD student who works with Pierre-François Moreau at the ENS in Lyon. She writes her dissertation about human relationships as conditions of political and ethical freedom in Spinoza. She is particularly interested in the third part of the project.

Oliver Istvan Toth is a PhD student at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, writing his dissertation under the supervision of Gábor Boros and Ursula Renz on the relationship of imagination, intellect and consciousness in Spinoza’s philosophy of mind. He has a forthcoming article on the inherence of false beliefs in Spinoza.