Discovery Early Career Researcher Award - Grant ID: DE140101770 [ 2014 - 2016 ]

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Researchers Dr Knox Peden;

Brief description With the resurgence of religious conflict throughout the world, the question of secularism has acquired renewed importance. Nowhere has the plausibility of a secular worldview been more rigorously debated than within the history of philosophy, and no philosopher has aroused more controversy on this subject than Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677). This project will result in the first history of Spinozism's pivotal role in the history of secularism, focusing on three distinct episodes of philosophical conflict generated by Spinoza's thought from the late eighteenth century to the present. The study will make clear that secularism is not simply a social and political phenomenon, but a philosophical conundrum, thus far irresolvable.

Funding Amount 327841

Funding Scheme Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

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