Classical german philosophy. University of Padova research group

CFA: International Conference “Between Substance and Subject. The Presence of Spinoza in Hegel” (Ljubljana, 26–28 October 2023)

We are glad to give notice of the Call for Abstracts for the International Conference Between Substance and Subject. The Presence of Spinoza in Hegel, which will take place on October 26th-28th, 2023, at the University of Ljubljana (Academy of Theater, Radio, Film and Television AGRFT, Aškerčeva cesta 5).

Submission deadline: June 15th, 2023.

Notification of acceptance by August 31st, 2023.

Abstracts (no more than 500 words) should be sent as attachment to luca.illetterati@unipd.it and zdravko.kobe@ff.uni-lj.si.

The conference in Ljubljana is organized by Luca Illetterati and Zdravko Kobe, together with the Internationales Netzwerk Hegels Relevanz.

Below you can find the text of the call for abstract.


The International Network Hegel’s Relevance cordially invites submissions for the yearly Network Conference.

In the Lectures on the History of Philosophy Hegel notes that Spinoza confronts us with the fundamental alternative: Either Spinozism or no philosophy. In the Science of Logic, he affirms that the only possible refutation of Spinozism consists in first acknowledging its standpoint as essential and necessary and then raising it to a higher level out of its own resources. In philosophy one is accordingly bound to begin as a Spinozist, but it is of equal importance not to remain one. Even Hegel’s programmatic declaration in the Preface to the Phenomenology of Spirit that in his view the true must be comprehended not merely as substance but also as subject, may be read in a double reference to Spinoza: on the one hand, Hegel seems to put the task of philosophy in accepting Spinozist metaphysics and nonetheless in preserving the dimensions of freedom, beauty and life that is usually associated with subjectivity, which Spinozism is supposed to lack; according to the methodological reading, on the other hand, Hegel may be said to call for developing a new conceptual regime that would supersede the mechanistic logic of understanding, exemplified by Spinoza’s mos geometricus, into a truly
Hegelian logic of reason. Hegel’s entire philosophical system can thus be understood as a prolonged argument with Spinoza that raised to prominence with the Pantheism Controversy. What is more, not only there was a time when Hegel himself defended metaphysics of one substance, it may be argued that he eventually distanced himself from Spinozist metaphysics under the influence of Spinoza’s own political philosophy. The question is, of course, to what extent Hegel’s understanding of Spinoza was correct (for instance, omnis determinatio negatio, the concept of infinity) and to what extent he read it through Jacobi or Schelling. But it is obvious that, in most various forms, Spinoza is present throughout his philosophy, be it as the ideal to match or the adversary to beat. The aim of the conference is to explore this multifaceted presence of Spinoza in Hegel. We welcome papers on any aspect of the topic and stimulate fruitful exchange between established scholars, junior researchers, and PhD students.


Keynote speakers: Diogo Ferrer, Gilles Marmasse, Yitzhak Melamed, Vittorio Morfino, Birgit Sandkaulen, Myriam Bienenstock and Stephen Houlgate

Organization: Steering committee of the International Network Hegel’s Relevance / Internationales Netzwerk Hegels Relevanz: Jiří Chotaš (Prag), Paul Cobben (Tilburg), Diogo Ferrer (Coimbra), Max Gottschlich (Linz), Stephen Houlgate (Warwick), Luca Illetterati (Padua), David James (Warwick), Zdravko Kobe (Ljubljana), Christian Krijnen (Amsterdam), Tereza Matějčková (Prag), Ermylos Plevrakis (Heidelberg), Alberto Siani (Pisa), Klaus Vieweg (Jena), Jean-François Kervégan (Paris), and Folko Zander (Jena).ù


Submission guidelines

Submission deadline: June 15th, 2023
Notification of acceptance by August 31st, 2023
Presentation time will be 25 minutes
Conference languages: German and English

Abstracts (no more than 500 words) should be sent as attachment to luca.illetterati@unipd.it and zdravko.kobe@ff.uni-lj.si.

Abstracts should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information and a short CV, should be included in the body of the e-mail, with ‘Submission
Hegel Network 2023’ in the subject line.

The presented papers will be considered for publication in the peer-reviewed series ‘Critical Studies in German Idealism’ (BRILL: Leiden/Boston). Publication language: English.


Information about the conference and the network will be available on https://www.speculativethought.com & https://vu.nl/en/about-vu/more-about/international-network-hegel-s-relevance-in-german.

The full text of the CFA can be found at this link.

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