Spinoza "De Deo" (Ethics I)

Course Information
TitleΣπινόζα, "De Deo" (Ηθική Ι) / Spinoza "De Deo" (Ethics I)
CodeΦΣΜ 112
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorDimitrios Athanasakis
Course ID600000069

Programme of Study: PPS Philosophy

Registered students: 11
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
History of PhilosophyElective CoursesWinter/Spring-10
Systematic PhilosophyMandatory Elective CoursesWinter/Spring-10

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • French (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: - understand the basic concepts and content of the first part of Spinoza's "Ethics". - recognize / identify the originality of spinozistic metaphysics in relation to the other philosophical systems of classical rationalism (Cartesius, Leibniz). - to deepen the research on some critical aspects of spinozistic ontology with the appropriate methodology. - to use the relevant Greek and international literature in learning and research.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course consists in a systematic reading, explanation and interpretation of Spinoza’s Ethics, Part I: “De Deo” (“On God”). This “internal” approach of Spinoza’s theory of substance or God in the Ethics is constantly accompanied by an “external” one, namely an attempt to situate Spinoza’s metaphysics within the theoretical framework of Modern Philosophy from Descartes to Leibniz.
Spinoza, Metaphysics, Onto-geometry, God, Substance, Attribute, Modal Reality, Causality, Necessity, Essence, Power
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment753
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Final written exam. Dissertation (optional).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Α. Ελληνόγλωσση Αθανασάκης Δ., «Spinoza: Ζητήματα Οντο-γεωμετρίας», στο: Μ. Μουζάλα (επιμ.), Θέματα Οντολογίας - Μεταφυσικής, Φιλοσοφίας των Μαθηματικών και Λογικής, Αθήνα, Gutenberg, 2018, σελ. 173-199. Deleuze G., Ο Σπινόζα και το πρόβλημα της έκφρασης, μτφρ. Φ. Σιατίτσας, επιστ. επιμ. Α. Στυλιανού, Αθήνα, Κριτική, 2002. Moreau P.-F., Ο Σπινόζα και ο σπινοζισμός, μτφρ. Φ. Σιατίτσας, επιστ. επιμ. Δ. Αθανασάκης, Αθήνα, Σιδέρης, 2016. Β. Ξενόγλωσση Athanasakis D., Raison et désir dans la philosophie de Spinoza, δ.δ. στην Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Lille, A.N.R.T., 2010. Audié F., Spinoza et les mathématiques, préf. de P.-F. Moreau, Paris, Presses de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2005. Curley E. M., Spinoza’s Metaphysics. An Essay in Interpretation, Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1969. Gueroult M., Spinoza I - Dieu (Éthique, I), Hildesheim, Olms, 1968. Hampe M., Renz U., Schnepf R. (eds), Spinoza’s Ethics. A Collective Commentary, Leiden, Brill, 2011. Jaquet C., Sub specie aeternitatis. Études des concepts de temps, durée et éternité chez Spinoza, préf. d’A. Matheron, Paris, Kimé, 1997 (επανέκδ.: Garnier, 2016). Macherey P., Introduction à l’Éthique de Spinoza. La première partie: la nature des choses, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1998. Moreau P.-F., Spinoza. L’expérience et l’éternité, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1994. Moreau P.-F., Ramond C. (dir.), Lectures de Spinoza, Paris, Ellipses, 2006. Nadler S., Spinoza’s Ethics. An Introduction, Cambridge - New York, Cambridge University Press, 2006. Prelorentzos I., La durée chez Spinoza, δ.δ. στο Πανεπιστήμιο Paris IV-Sorbonne, Lille, ANRT, 1992. Steenbakkers P., Spinoza’s Ethica from Manuscript to Print: Studies on Texts, Form and Related Topics, Assen, Van Gorcum, 1994. Yovel Y. (ed.), God and Nature: Spinoza’s Metaphysics, Leiden, Brill, 1991.
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