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Citizen #1 Lecture in Auerbach Auditorium, Hillyer Hall Tuesday, September 5 at 7:30 pm


Posted 08/29/2017
Submitted by Richard Freund
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

Sept 5 Lecture

: “Citizen #1: Benedictus Spinoza”      

Tuesday, September 5, 7:30 p.m.

The Auerbach Auditorium, Hillyer Hall, University of Hartford

Professor Daniel Schwartz, George Washington University

Who is the first citizen of modern society? We think it is Benedictus Spinoza!

The Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford will be sponsoring the first public lecture of the academic year on the major 17th century philosophical figure, Benedictus (Baruch) Spinoza, who forever changed the scope of modern society thanks to the innovative ideas that he proposed. Spinoza was in a real sense the “first modern [secular] citizen of the world” as he challenged his own Jewish community and the Christian majority and in the end was alienated from both worlds. Spinoza's claim that everything is God, including the world, appeals to many modernists, who often consider themselves 'spiritual, but not religious'. He is not the only philosopher of his era to make such a claim, but he was one of the first to give it a systematic treatment in his writings. The lecture is free and open to the public at Auerbach Auditorium, Hillyer Hall at the University of Hartford. For more information contact: 860.768.5018 or mgcjs@hartford.edu

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