Mon., June 12, 6 pm, Lecture Series on
"Humanities in Community"
On second Mondays monthly -- excepting semester and summer breaks -- a Liberal Arts professor/instructor from the UW-Madison or Madison College will explore issues or topics and invite Q&A.
See posters in our archives for descriptions of previous lectures.
Topic: WHY WAS SPINOZA EXCOMMUNICATED?
In July, 1656, Baruch Spinoza was permanently banned by the Portuguese Jews of Amsterdam with the harshest writ of excommunication ever issued by that community. Why was this young man ostracized with such prejudice by the community within which he had been raised and educated?
Spinoza would go on to become perhaps the most radical philosopher of his time, but at the time of his ban he had not yet written anything.
In this lecture, we will examine the circumstances of Spinoza’s excommunication and consider some of the ideas that would later appear in his philosophical writings.
For downloading, printing and distributing as convenient, you will find two sizes of flyers designed both as handouts to remind friends and as large or small posters for bulletin boards in your neighborhood coffee shops, restaurants, pubs, apartments, etc.
Posters from earlier lectures usually include descriptions on side-2: