Saturday 13.7 at 4pm: Philosophical Bibliotherapy: Reading Spinoza, finding freedom, by John Heyderman
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Dear friend of Arkadia,
You are invited to Philosophical Bibliotherapy: Reading Spinoza, finding freedom, by John Heyderman on Saturday 13.7 at 4pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)
Bertrand Russell described him as “the noblest and most loveable of all the great philosophers.” Nietzsche called him “the purest sage”. Yet despite his growing popularity among social scientists, many people have never heard of the Dutch-Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) and fewer still have read his works.
This session will discuss Spinoza’s “Ethics” not just as a historical text but as living “medicine for the mind”. John Heyderman will present a personal view of how Spinoza can help us understand ourselves, our place in nature and ultimately how to live.
The presentation and discussion will be in English.
You are all most welcome.
–Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome.
John Heyderman is a former librarian from London. He studied philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, and wrote his dissertation on Spinoza and Davidson on the mind/body problem.