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Catherine Malabou will hold the Spinoza Chair of the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Humanities in the second term of the academic year 2018-2019 and will be delivering the accompanying two Spinoza Lectures on 'Philosophy and Anarchy'.

Event details of Spinoza Lecture: Morality and Horizontality
Date 14 March 2019
Time 20:15 -22:00
Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk
Room Location
Spinozalezing Catherine Malabou
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Malabou's second Spinoza Lecture is entitled ‘Morality and Horizontality'.

What has become of mutual aid, a key concept in traditional anarchism, and profoundly analyzed by Kropotkin? Being currently left aside by both post-anarchist thinkers and post-structuralist philosophers because of its supposed naturalist and rationalist grounding, it seems to live a new life under the name of «effective altruism» (Singer, Parfitt). Effective altruism opens the prospect of a decentralized morals, in which the issues of justice and the good are not referred to overarching values, but determined horizontally, out of a form of calculation. Is effective altruism a political promise or a social scandal?

On Thursday 21 February, Malabou held the first Spinoza Lecture entitled Beyond the "archic" Principle: Alternative or Dilemma?

Catherine Malabou
Catherine Malabou

About Catherine Malabou

Catherine Malabou is professor of philosophy at the Centre for research In Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University and distinguished professor of Comparative Literature and European Languages and Studies at the University of California at Irvine. She studied philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure of Fontenay-St Cloud (France) and the University of Paris-Sorbonne. She has held numerous visiting chairs in the US (Berkeley, Buffalo, Madison, The New School). In 2015, she gave the Wellek Lectures at UC Irvine, and in 2017 the Gauss Seminars in Criticism at Princeton.

The Spinoza Lectures

The Spinoza Lectures are given by high-profile thinkers of our time. They are intended for a wide audience that would like to keep abreast of current developments in philosophy.

Practical information

  • Date and time: Thursday 14 March 2019, at 20:15. The Aula is open at 19:30.
  • Entrance: admission is free (no reservation required).
  • Language: The lectures will be given in English. 

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Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk

Room Location

Singel 411
1012 XM Amsterdam