Dr. Oberto Marrama

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Current Academic Appointment

October 2019 – present: Postdoctoral researcher

Bar-Ilan University, Department of Philosophy.

Within Ohad Nachtomy’s project “Metaphysical and life-scientific approaches to organic beings in early modern philosophy”.

Previous Academic Appointments

Winter 2017: Teaching fellow (chargé de cours)

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, département de philosophie et des arts.

2014 – 2016: Research Assistant

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, département de philosophie et des arts.

Education

2014 – 2019: PhD in philosophy (joint doctorate), cum Laude / mention “Exceptionnelle

–       University of Groningen, The Netherlands (since September 2016);

–       Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada.

Thesis: “Spinoza’s Theory of the Human Mind: Consciousness, Memory, and Reason”.

Supervisors: Syliane Malinowski-Charles (UQTR), Martin Lenz (University of Groningen).

Assessment Committee: Michael Della Rocca (Yale University), Susan James (Birkbeck, University of London), Chantal Jaquet (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Detlev Pätzold (University of Groningen).

2013 – 2015: MLitt by Research in philosophy, with Distinction

University of Aberdeen, UK.

Thesis: “Spinoza’s Philosophy of Mind and the Problem of Selective Consciousness”.

Supervisor: Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen). Committee: Mogens Lærke (ENS Lyon), Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel University London).

2009 – 2012: Master’s degree in philosophy, cum Laude

Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia, Italy.

2003 – 2008: Bachelor’s degree in philosophy, cum Laude

Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia, Italy.

Guest Lectures

 

26 November 2019: “Descartes’s Meditations”.

Bar-Ilan University, Department of Philosophy.

For the BA course ‘Introduction to Modern Philosophy’.

 

18-25 November 2019: “Aristotle’s De Anima; Aristotelian theories of mind: Averroes, Aquinas”.

Bar-Ilan University, Department of Philosophy.

Two lectures, for the combined BA-MA course ‘History of Mind-Body Relationship Theories’.

 

06 May 2019: “Spinoza on toleration”.

University of Groningen, Faculty of Philosophy.

For the third year BA course ‘Toleration in the History of Political Philosophy’.

 

07 November 2016: “Spinoza on consciousness”.

University of Groningen, Faculty of Philosophy.

For the first year BA course ‘History of Philosophy: Seventeenth Century’.

 

 

Funding, Scholarships, and Academic Awards

 

2017 – 2018: University of Groningen, Faculty of Philosophy. Appointed as a salaried PhD candidate.

 

2016 – 2018: Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC), Bourse de doctorat en recherche pour étudiants étrangers. Can$53.333.

 

18 April 2016: Département de philosophie et des arts, UQTR. Can$250. Award based on academic merit.

 

2015 – 2017: Décanat des études, UQTR, Bourses aide à la diffusion. Can$7.900. Including 5 travel grants and 2 publishing grants.

 

12 April 2015: Prix Fodar 2015. Can$500. Prize granted by a committee of professors of the Département de philosophie, UQÀM, and the Département de philosophie et des arts, UQTR, for best talk at Colloque Fodar 2015.

 

2014 – 2016: Laboratoire sur l'histoire et la pensée modernes (16e – 18e siècles), UQTR. Can$30.000. PhD scholarship, interrupted in May 2016 after being granted funding by the FRQSC.

 

2014 – 2015: Décanat des études, UQTR, Bourse d'excellence à l'admission. Can$7.000. For the best application to a PhD program in philosophy.

 

Academic years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010: Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia. Reduction of tuition fees for Master’s degree in Philosophy on the basis of academic merit.

 

Academic years 2003-2004, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006: Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia. Reduction of tuition fees for Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy on the basis of academic merit.

 

 

Talks and Conference Presentations

 

Invited Talks

 

1.       “On Spinoza’s scientia intuitiva”, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel (2020 Netherlands-Israel Spinoza Seminar), 24-25 May 2020.

 

2.      “‘Una cosa a noi simile’. Menti umane e imitazione degli affetti in Spinoza”, University of Verona, Italy (Laboratorio di Gnoseologia e Metafisica), 06 April 2020

 

3.       “Coscienza, memoria e ragione nella filosofia della mente di Spinoza”, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia, Italy (workshop Cantiere Spinoza), 11 June 2019.

 

Conference Presentations

 

1.       “‘A Thing Like Us’: Human Minds and Deceitful Behaviour in Spinoza”, Bar-Ilan University, Israel (Department of Philosophy Seminar), 17 December 2019.

 

2.      “Consciousness, Memory, and Reason, in Spinoza’s Philosophy of Mind” (poster), University of Groningen, Netherlands (Philosophy PhD Conference 2018), 25 June 2018.

 

3.       “Spinoza on Reason, Memory, and the ‘Habit of Virtue’”, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada (CPA Annual Congress 2018), 07 June 2018.

 

4.      “Spinoza on Memory and Intellect”, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada (8th Quebec Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy), 31 May 2018.

 

5.      “Spinoza on Memory”, University of Durham, UK (BSHP Annual Conference), 14 April 2018.

 

6.      “Spinoza on Memory”, University of Groningen, Netherlands (6th Berlin-Groningen-Harvard-Toronto Workshop on Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy), 13 July 2017.

 

7.       “Spinoza on Memory and Consciousness”, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands (Nijmegen-Groningen Colloquium), 18 November 2016.

 

8.     “Conflicts of the soul and mind-body interaction in Descartes’ Passions of the Soul”, University of Lodz, Poland (2016 ISSEI Conference), 13 July 2016.

 

9.      “Common notions and common properties in Spinoza’s theory of knowledge”, University of Calgary, Canada (CPA Annual Congress 2016), 01 June 2016.

10.  “Langage et curiosité au cœur de l’anthropologie philosophique de Thomas Hobbes”, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada (Colloque Fodar 2016), 08 April 2016.

 

11.   “Common notions and common properties in Spinoza’s theory of knowledge”, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands (Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy III), 24 March 2016.

 

12.  “Les défis de la philosophie de la connaissance de Spinoza”, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada (Journées d’étude sur la philosophie moderne), 19 February 2016.

 

13.  “Spinoza on fictitious ideas and possible entities”, University of Groningen, Netherlands (Collegium Spinozanum Summer School), 07 July 2015.

 

14.  “Language and Curiosity in Hobbes’ Philosophical Anthropology”, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada (83e Congrès de l’Acfas), 29 May 2015.

 

15.   “Spinoza’s interpretation of Descartes’ notion of consciousness”, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada (Colloque Fodar 2015), 11 April 2015.

 

16.  “Spinoza’s interpretation of Descartes’ notion of consciousness”, University of Aberdeen, UK (Philosophy Department PhD Seminars), 04 March 2015.

 

17.   “La nozione di coscienza in Descartes e Spinoza”, Università Roma Tre, Italy (first meeting of the Societas Spinozana), 22 December 2014.

 

18.  “Spinoza e il problema della coscienza umana”, University of Verona, Italy (Philosophy Postgraduate Seminars), 21 March 2014.

 

Invited Respondent

 

1.       Comments on Anna Ortín’s “Descartes on the distinction between primary and secondary qualities”, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands (5th Conference by Women in Philosophy), 6 July 2018.

 

2.      Comments on Torin Doppelt’s “Idle Material in Spinoza’s Ethics”, University of Calgary, Canada (CPA Annual Congress 2016), 30 May 2016.

 

 

Conference Organization

 

1.       Workshop Spinoza and Spinozism: then and now, University of Groningen, Netherlands, 15 May 2019. Invited speakers: Michael Della Rocca (Yale University), Susan James (Birkbeck, University of London), Syliane Malinowski-Charles (UQTR), Andrea Sangiacomo (University of Groningen).

 

2.      Joint panel North American Spinoza Society – Spinoza Society of Canada, at the APA Pacific Division Annual Meeting 2019, Vancouver, Canada, 18 April 2019. Invited speakers: Michael Rosenthal (University of Washington), Francesca Di Poppa (Texas Tech University). Co-organized with Torin Doppelt and Sarah Kizuk.

 

3.      Symposium Third Annual Meeting of the Spinoza Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’études sur Spinoza: Desiring and Knowing: Bodies, Cognition, and Power, at the CPA Annual Congress 2018, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, 5 June 2018. Invited speakers: Hasana Sharp (McGill University), Syliane Malinowski-Charles (UQTR). Co-organized with Sarah Kizuk.

 

4.      Symposium Spinoza: Method, Metaphysics, and Morality / La méthode de Spinoza, sa métaphysique et sa morale, at the APA Central Division Annual Meeting 2018, Chicago, USA, 21 February 2018. Co-organized with Torin Doppelt and Sarah Kizuk.

 

 

 

 

5.      Symposium SSC / SCES: Spinoza’s Political Theory / La théorie politique de Spinoza, at the CPA Annual Congress 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, 28 May 2017. Invited speakers: Shannon Dea (University of Waterloo), Jon Miller (Queen’s University). Co-organized with Torin Doppelt and Sarah Kizuk.

 

6.      Workshop Spinoza et ses amis, McGill University, Canada, 17 June 2016. Invited speakers: Hasana Sharp (McGill University), Syliane Malinowski-Charles (UQTR), Andrea Sangiacomo (University of Groningen). Co-organized with Torin Doppelt.

 

7.      Symposium First Meeting of the ‘Spinoza Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’études sur Spinoza’: Current Debates and Ongoing Research, at the CPA Annual Congress 2016, University of Calgary, Canada, 01 June 2016. Invited speakers: Karolina Hübner (University of Toronto), Ericka Tucker (Marquette University). Co-organized with Torin Doppelt.

 

 

Professional Service

 

Management of Associations

 

2018 – present: Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Societas Spinozana, Italy.

2016 – present: Founding member and co-administrator of the Spinoza Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’études sur Spinoza.

 

Committee Appointments

 

2017 – 2018: Comité de programme de cycles supérieurs en philosophie. Département de philosophie et des arts, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

2015 – 2016: Comité de sélection des Prix d'excellence en recherche de l'UQTR. The committee, appointed by the Vice-Rectorate for Research and Development, confers the “Awards for Excellence in Research” (Prix d’excellence en recherche) on two professors of the UQTR each year.

 

University Service

 

2015 – 2016: Organizer of the Conférences départementales des étudiants en philosophie de l'UQTR (cycle of nine seminars for graduate students). Département de philosophie et des arts, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

2014 – 2015: Student Ambassador. School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen.

Journal Referee

•         Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie (De Gruyter).

•         British Journal for the History of Philosophy (Taylor & Francis).

•         InCircolo. Rivista di filosofia e culture (ISSN 2531-4092).

•         Society and Politics (‘Vasile Goldis’ University Press).

•         Sophia (Springer).

Affiliations (Research Centres and Associations)

 

•         British Society for the History of Philosophy.

•         Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought.

•         Societas Spinozana.

•         Société de philosophie du Québec.

•         Spinoza Society of Canada / Société canadienne d’études sur Spinoza.

Languages

Italian: native; English: fluent; French: fluent; Latin: reading.

 

 

 

Publications

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  1. “Consciousness, Ideas of Ideas, and Animation in Spinoza’s Ethics”. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25:3 (2017), 506-525.
  1. “Spinoza on fictitious ideas and possible entities”. The European Legacy 21:4 (2016), 359-372.
  1. “Language and Curiosity in Hobbes’ Philosophical Anthropology”. Science et Esprit 68:1 (2016), 71-81.
  1. “Alexandre Koyré: The dog that is a heavenly constellation and the dog that is a barking animal (1950): Introduction and Translation”. The Leibniz Review 24 (2014), 95-108.

Contributions to Edited Volumes

  1. “Spinoza, Baruch”. In M. Sgarbi (ed.), Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy, Cham: Springer, 2019. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_840-1.
  1. “Conflicts of the soul and mind-body interaction in Descartes’s Passions of the Soul”. Forthcoming in K. Kujawińska Courtney, M. Miksza, T. Fisiak, and G. Zinkiewicz (eds.), What’s new in the New Europe. Redefining Culture, Politics, Identity. ISSEI 2016 Conference Proceedings, Łódź: Łódź University Press.

Book Reviews

  1. Review of Naaman-Zauderer N. (ed.), Freedom, Action, and Motivation in Spinoza’s “Ethics”, New York: Routledge, 2019. Forthcoming in “Bulletin de bibliographie spinoziste xlii”, Archives de Philosophie 83:4 (2020).
  1. Review of Legeay V. (ed.), L’essence plastique: Aptitudes et accommodements chez Spinoza, Paris: Éditions de la Sorbonne, 2018. “Bulletin de bibliographie spinoziste xli”, Archives de Philosophie 82:4 (2019), 862-863.
  1. Review of Balaguer M., Free Will, Cambridge (MA): The MIT Press, 2014. The European Legacy 23:1-2 (2018), 204-206.
  1. Review of Piaia G., Santinello G. (eds.), Models of the History of Philosophy, vol. III: The Second Enlightenment and the Kantian Age, Dordrecht: Springer, 2015. The European Legacy 23:1-2 (2018), 206-208.
  1. Review of Sangiacomo A., Toto F. (eds.), Essentia actuosa: Riletture dell’‘Etica’ di Spinoza, Milano/Udine: Mimesis, 2016. “Bulletin de bibliographie spinoziste xxxix”, Archives de Philosophie 80:4 (2017), 813-814.
  1. Review of Buyse F. (ed.), Galileo and Spinoza, special issue of Intellectual History Review 23:1 (2013). Society and Politics 11:1 (2017), 100-102.
  1. Review of Milanese A., Principe de la philosophie chez Hobbes: L’expérience de soi et du monde, Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2011. Philosophical Enquiries: revue des philosophies anglophones 7 (2016), 155-159.
  1. Review of Scribano E., Macchine con la mente: Fisiologia e metafisica tra Cartesio e Spinoza, Roma: Carocci, 2015. “Bulletin de bibliographie spinoziste xxxviii”, Archives de Philosophie 79:4 (2016), 838-839.
  1. Review of Andrault R., Lærke M., Moreau P.-F. (eds.), Spinoza/Leibniz: Rencontres, controverses, réceptions, Paris: PUPS, 2014. “Bulletin de bibliographie spinoziste xxxvii”, Archives de Philosophie 78:4 (2015), 751-752.
  1. Review of Sangiacomo A., L’essenza del corpo: Spinoza e la scienza delle composizioni, Hildesheim/Zürich/New York: Georg Olms Verlag, 2013. “Bulletin de bibliographie spinoziste xxxvii”, Archives de Philosophie 78:4 (2015), 782-783.
  1. Review of Sangiacomo A., L’essenza del corpo: Spinoza e la scienza delle composizioni. Journal of Early Modern Studies 3:2 (2014), 152-156.

 

Other Publications

  1. “If a robot lied to us”. Blog post in the Blog of the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought (12 January 2018), URL: https://www.rug.nl/filosofie/organization/ history/gcmemt/blog/blog-12-01-2018-if-a-robot-lied-to-us.
  1. “Ma thèse en 350 mots”. Connexion UQTR 8:2 (2016), 17.
  1. “Some remarks on Rawls’ ‘First Part of Ideal Theory’ in his Law of Peoples”. Le Logos – Le journal des étudiants en philosophie de l’UQTR 11 (2015), 42-44.
  1. “Regard sur l’international: De l’Écosse à Trois-Rivières: entrevue sur le referendum”. Interview by L. Constantin, in Zone Campus: Le journal des étudiants de l’UQTR, 30 September 2014.

Interests

Interests: 

Courses

2019 – 2020: Spinoza.

Bar-Ilan University, Department of Philosophy.

One-year course (25 weeks) for graduate students.