Spinoza, "Ethics", Part II: The Nature and the Origin of the Mind

Course Information
TitleΣπινόζα, "De Natura et Origine Mentis" (Ηθική ΙΙ) / Spinoza, "Ethics", Part II: The Nature and the Origin of the Mind
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorDimitrios Athanasakis
Course ID600014881

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philosophy and Education (2011-today)

Registered students: 3
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
PhilosophyCompulsory courses beloging to the selected specialisationWinter/Spring-6
PedagogicElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
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 and interpret the basic epistemological theses of the second part of Spinoza's "Ethics".
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
  • Design and manage projects
  • 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)
Detailed examination, commentary and interpretation of the problem of knowledge, its production and its species, in the second part of Spinoza's "Ethics".
Spinoza, mind, knowledge, truth, error
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Communication via the Internet / Posting digital educational material in the E-Learning of the course.
Course Organization
Lectures 391.6
Reading Assigment602.4
Written assigments512.0
Student Assessment
Final written examination. Dissertation (optional).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Pierre-François Moreau, Ο Σπινόζα και ο σπινοζισμός, μτφρ. Φ. Σιατίτσας, επιστ. επιμ. Δ. Αθανασάκης, 2η έκδ., Αθήνα: Σιδέρης, 2016 (Κωδικός Ευδόξου: 50658159). 2. Gilles Deleuze, Ο Σπινόζα και το πρόβλημα της έκφρασης, μτφρ. Φ. Σιατίτσας, επιστ. επιμ. Α. Στυλιανού, Αθήνα: Κριτική, 2002 (Κωδικός Ευδόξου: 11705).
Additional bibliography for study
ATHANASAKIS D., Raison et désir dans la philosophie de Spinoza, δ.δ. στην École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Lille, ANRT, 2010. CURLEY E. M., Behind the Geometrical Method. A Reading of Spinoza’s Ethics, Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 1988. GUEROULT M., Spinoza II - L’âme (Éthique, II), Paris, Aubier-Montaigne, 1974. JAQUET C., Sub specie aeternitatis. Étude des concepts de temps, durée et éternité chez Spinoza, préface d’A. Matheron, Paris, Kimé, 1997 (επανέκδοση: Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2016). KAJANTO I., «Spinoza’s Latinity». Στο: Spinoza to the Letter. Studies in Words, Texts and Books, επιμ. F. Akkerman & P. Steenbakkers, Leiden – Boston, Brill, 2005, σ. 35-54. MACHEREY P., Introduction à l’Éthique de Spinoza. La seconde partie: la réalité mentale, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1997. MATHERON A., Études sur Spinoza et les philosophies de l’âge classique, Lyon, ENS Éditions, 2011. MOREAU P.-F., L'expérience et l'éternité, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1994 (επανέκδοση: 2009). MOREAU P.-F., Problèmes du spinozisme, Paris, Vrin, 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. ZOURABICHVILI F., Spinoza. Une physique de la pensée, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 2002.
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