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Béatrice Longuenesse will hold the Spinoza Chair of the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Humanities in the second term of the academic year 2016-2017 and will be delivering the accompanying two Spinoza Lectures on 'The first person in Cognition and Morality'.

Event details of Spinoza Lecture: Perplexing 'I'
Date 11 May 2017
Time 20:15 -22:00
Location Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk
Room Location
Spinoza lezingen - Béatrice Longuenesse
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Perplexing 'I'. 

Some philosophers have argued that using ‘I’ is the source of illusions, for instance the illusion that I am the author of my actions and thoughts rather than thoughts and actions happening to me, or in me.  Lichtenberg maintained that “we should say ‘it thinks’ or ‘there is thinking going on’ rather than ‘I think’.” In the same vein, Nietzsche urged that “a thought comes when it wills, not when I will.” And nevertheless, using ‘I’ seems to be an indispensable tool for each individual person to refer to herself. What do our uses of ‘I’ reveal about our relations to ourselves, to others, and to the world? 

On Thursday 8 June, Longuenesse will be holding a second Spinoza Lecture entitled 'Two unlikely bedfellows: Kant and Freud on Morality'.

Béatrice Longuenesse
Béatrice Longuenesse

About Béatrice Longuenesse

Béatrice Longuenesse is Silver Professor of Philosophy at New York University and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She studied philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris, France), the University of Paris-Sorbonne and, as a visiting student, Princeton University. She taught at Paris-Sorbonne, the Ecole Normale Supérieure, the University of Besançon and the University of Clermont-Ferrand before joining the philosophy department at Princeton University in 1993. She left Princeton for NYU in 2004. Her earlier books include Kant and the Capacity to Judge (1998), a revised and expanded version of Kant et le Pouvoir de Juger (1993); Kant on the Human Standpoint (2005); Hegel’s Critique of Metaphysics (2007), a revised and expanded version of Hegel et la Critique de la Métaphysique (1981). She is the co-editor, with Daniel Garber, of Kant and the Early Moderns (2008); and the editor of Le Moi/the Self/le Soi, a special issue of the Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale (2010). Her most recent book is I, Me, Mine. Back to Kant, and Back Again (2017).

The Spinoza Lectures

The Spinoza Lectures are given by high-profile thinkers of our time. They are intended for a wide audience that would like to keep abreast of current developments in philosophy.

Practical information

  • Date and time: Thursday 11 May 2017, at 20:15. The Aula is open at 19:30.
  • Entrance: admission is free (no reservation required).
  • Language: The lectures will be given in English. 

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Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk

Room Location

Singel 411
1012 XM Amsterdam