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Doctoral student awarded first BSHP essay prize

Daniel Taylor, a Doctoral student in the Department of Humanities, has been awarded the first British Society for the History of Philosophy (BSHP) essay prize for his paper on Spinoza and Politics.

Posted: 10 March 2014

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Department of Humanities Doctoral student Daniel Taylor

The Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (SSEMP) is the fifth edition of a yearly event that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working in the field of Early Modern Philosophy. The aim is to foster scholarly exchange among the different generations of academics in the UK and to strengthen international collaboration.

This year, SSEMP announced the first British Society for the History of Philosophy Essay Prize for graduate students. Daniel’s essay was selected out of 15 high quality submissions for its original and engaging argument. In his essay, Daniel argues for the significance of 'collective desire' in political theory, a concept that describes democratic will and collective power as the philosopher Spinoza described in his final, unfinished writing. 

As part of the prize Daniel will have his paper on Spinoza and Politics included in the SSEMP program and was awarded £200 for travel and accommodation.

The fifth SSEMP takes place at the University of Aberdeen between May 14th and 15th 2014.

Daniel will also be discussing Spinoza's politics at a Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture on Tuesday 11th March at 5pm, in Duchesne 209. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.

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