schedule

Please note the latest changes to this schedule for the last class (made November 23rd).

SEPTEMBER

11

Introduction

18

Deleuze, Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza. Part One

25

Deleuze, Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza. Part Two

OCTOBER

2

Deleuze, Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza. Part Three; begin Deleuze, The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque. Part One

9

Deleuze, The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque. Parts One and Two

16

Deleuze, The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque. Part Three

23

Spinoza on God, Short Treatise (Curley 55-65); Ethics I (85-115)

Approach: read the Scholia first. We are focusing on: real definition, nominal vs. real distinction, Spinoza's concepts of conatus (striving)power and the virtual.

30

Spinoza on mind and the affects: Ethics II-III + some objections and replies (115-197; 269-274)

NOVEMBER

6

Early Leibniz: Arthur, Leibniz, 1 Introduction, 2 Logic and LanguagePhilosophical Essays 1-18, 23-28, 268-272; Spinoza's Letter on the Infinite + Leibniz's comments on it.

13

Leibniz's reform of metaphysics: Arthur, Leibniz, chapter 5; Leibniz: Dialogue on the Continuity of Motion (esp. pp. 30-33); Wonders Concerning the Nature of Corporeal Substance; Specimen of DiscoveriesPhilosophical Essays 30-34; 69-90.

20

Leibniz vs. Spinoza on freedom: Leibniz: Philosophical Essays 19-23, 28-30, 94-101, 111-117, 272-284; Spinoza: from Ethics IV-V (197-207, 239-269).

27

Leibniz's mature philosophy: Philosophical Essays 138-192, 250-256, 320-346; + Specimen of Dynamics (117-138). The latter is important for understanding Leibniz's concept of conatus (striving)power and the virtual.

© Richard T. W. Arthur 2012