Universität Wien FIND

180078 SE Orientation (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The seminar will take place digital via moodle.
Remark: Due to the fact that this seminar will take place online in a "digital-learning-mode", it is important that all participants in the course are registered on Moodle, since all communication will take place via this digital plattform. The seminar meetings will be recorded and made available on the Moodle plattform of this seminar.

Tuesday 09.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 16.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 23.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 13.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 20.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 27.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 04.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 11.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 18.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 01.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 08.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 15.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 22.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 29.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this seminar we will discuss post-Marxist readings of Spinoza by Gille Deleuze, Giorgio Agamben, Antonio Negri, Martin Saar, Katja Diefenbach, Jane Bennett and Étienne Ballibar. In so doing, we will aim to clarify the following problems: How does Spinoza connect materialism and philosophy of mind? Does Spinoza's materialism represent an alternative to idealistic conceptions? What does Spinoza understand by scientia intuitiva (third kind of cognition) and what new model of body/physicality can be conceived with Spinoza? Why and how was it Spinoza to inspire the "New Materialism"?
Method and digital concept: In the first course unit, you will be asked choose one of texts of our literature and orally present it in an agreed session of our online seminar. In order to enable your fellow students to study the main lines of your presentation in advance, you are asked to send an audio file of your presentation to the course instructor a few days before your oral presentation (via email or cloud), who will upload your audio presentation to Moodle and make it available for all participants to listen to. Your oral presentations will be discussed live in the online session and placed in a historical, intellectual-historical context by the course instructor.

Assessment and permitted materials

Oral Presentation (15 minutes) which has to be presented in an online meeting. A audio-recording of this presentation has to be send to the course instructor via email some days before the online presentation of the lecture. The audio-file is the second part of your achievements for the seminar. The third criterion for the evaluation is participation in the seminar.
The overall grade implies: oral presentation (25%), audio-file (25%), presence and active participation in the sessions of the online-seminar (50%). By registering for this course/seminar, you tacitly agree to having all your electronic submissions checked by Turnitin.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirement for a positive evaluation: > 50% of the overall achievments.
For a positive grade you have to be present in the online-meetings. In case of an excused absence (max. 2 per semester) you are asked to inform the course instructor in time.

Examination topics

All particants have to present one of the texts made available on Moodle. The presentation should communicate the central thoughts of the text to the participants, question them critically and contextualize it historically. You also are asked to send an audiofile with your oral presentation some days in advance to the course instructor (arno.boehler@univie.ac.at), who will make it available on Moodle. File name: NAME_SE_SPINOZAS_MATERIALISMUS.pdf

Reading list

Agamben, Giorgio: Absolute Immanenz. Berlin: Merve Verlag, 1998.
Balibar, Étienne: Spinoza and Politics. London, New York: Verso, 2008.
Bennett, Jane: Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.
Deleuze, Gilles: Spinoza: Praktische Philosophie. Berlin: Merve Verlag, 1988.
Diefenbacher, Katja: Spekulativer Materialismus: Spinoza in der postmarxistischen Philosophie. Wien, Berlin: Turia + Kant, 2018.
Negri, Antonio: Spinoza for Our Time: Politics and Postmodernity New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.
Spinoza, Baruch de: Sämtliche Werke. Ethik in Geometrischer Ordnung dargestellt. Hg. v. Wolfgang Bartuschat. Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag, 2007.
Weiterführende Literatur wird auf Moodle bereitgestellt.

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