|Masters Classes in the History of
Sponsored by The
Journal of the History of Philosophy
Mindful of the
challenges facing young
scholars working in the history of philosophy, the Board of Directors
of the Journal of the History of Philosophy has
established a program of Master Classes in the History of Philosophy. The central idea of the program is that a
senior scholar who works primarily in some area of the history of
would undertake to direct an intensive week of master classes for the
of a small group of recent Ph.D.s whose main research and teaching are
in the relevant
area. Normally, the classes will focus
on one or more texts that are typically not part of material that the
would have studied as graduate students. The
the program is the enhancement of the
understanding of the young scholars in their area of specialization.
the classes will be
reimbursed for their the travel and living expenses up to $1500 each. It is proposed that the number of
participants will normally be between four and six, though it is
a slightly higher number can be accommodated.
All of the
participants in the classes will
be asked to provide within thirty days of its completion a letter
their views about the success of the classes and any thoughts they may
about how to improve future classes.
Instructor: Daniel Garber
Topic: Hobbes and Spinoza:
Metaphysics, Politics, and Religion
Dates: July 29 to
are hardly neglected thinkers. But Hobbes
is usually studied for his political thought, even though he was also
important for his natural philosophy and his materialistic conception
human being. And Spinoza is
usually studied for his metaphysics,
though he was also very important for his politics. Though both were
of traditional religion and are considered atheists by some readers,
is very important to both of their systems of thought. In this Master
will examine the interconnections between metaphysics and natural
politics and religion in these two thinkers. We will be reading
the writings of both of these thinkers, including sections of Hobbes' Leviathan, Elements of Law, De
and De corpore, and sections of Spinoza's
Theologico-Politicus, and Tractatus Politicus.
Information about specific editions and
passages to be read and discussed will be distributed before the
Participants will be expected to do the reading before they come to
We will meet all day for each of the five days. In addition to the
Hobbes and Spinoza, participants will be given an opportunity to
of their work in progress to the group.
or equivalent terminal
degree in philosophy awarded in 2008 or later. The
intended primarily for those who
specialize in the subject
area of the classes broadly conceived.
participating in the master classes for 2013 are asked to send an
expressing their interest in participating in the classes, a one-page description of their current research plans and interests, and a
complete curriculum vitae to the chair of the JHP committee overseeing the project,
Lloyd Gerson (email@example.com).
Deadline for submission: November
2012. It is anticipated that an
announcement of the committee’s selection from among applicants will be
early January, 2013.
Instructor: Verity Harte
Ancient Philosophy (specific topic TBA)