Spinoza, Ethics I: De Deo

Course Information
TitleΣπινόζα, Ηθική Ι: De Deo / Spinoza, Ethics I: De Deo
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorDimitrios Athanasakis
Course ID600020282

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

Registered students: 89
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
PhilosophyElected Compulsory DirectionalWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
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 acknowledge, understand and interpret the ontological and metaphysical principles of the first part of Spinoza's "Ethics", especially with regard to the issue of determinism and the identification of essence and power in Spinoza's theory of substance.
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 Spinoza's ‘Ethics’, part I: ‘De Deo’.
Substance, attribut, mode, determinism, essence, power
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
Reading Assigment662.6
Written assigments421.7
Student Assessment
Final written examination (except for the exceptions provided by law). Optional written research paper.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Pierre-François Moreau, Ο Σπινόζα και ο σπινοζισμός, μτφρ. Φ. Σιατίτσας, επιστ. επιμ. Δ. Αθανασάκης, Β΄ έκδ., Αθήνα: Σιδέρης, 2019 (Κωδικός βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 86200462). 2. Pierre-François Moreau, Σπινόζα. Κράτος και θρησκεία, μτφρ. Φ. Σιατίτσας, επιστ. επιμ. Δ. Αθανασάκης, Αθήνα: Σιδέρης, 2018 (Κωδικός βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 68401827).
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. 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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