The Dutch Libertines / Les libertins néerlandais

Convenors: Mogens Lærke (MFO), Nicole Gengoux (IHRIM, ENS de Lyon), Pierre Girard (Lyon III)
Language: English and French

This two-day workshop is dedicated to the 17th-century Dutch libertine tradition broadly construed. It takes a transversal look on political, theological, moral, and philosophical libertinism, and addresses themes of Machiavellism and reason of state, enthusiasm and Anabaptism, pornography and sexual liberation, atheism and spinozism, etc. It is planned in view of the 2022 volume of the book series Libertinage et Philosophie à l’époque classsique, dir. N. Gengoux, P. Girard, M. Lærke (Paris : Classiques Garnier,

The workshop is organised in collaboration between the Maison Française d’Oxford, the Labex Comod (Université de Lyon), and the Oxford Centre for Intellectual History (CIH).


Thursday 28 October

13:00-13:15 Welcome

13:15-14:00 Jo Spaans (Utrecht University), “Twists and Turns. The Life and Works of Berend Hakvoord.”

14:00-14:45 Maxime Rovere (Rome), “Lights and Words: Pieter Balling’s Account of Truth and Reason in the Collegiant Practices.”

14h45-15h00 Pause

15h00-15h45 Eric Jorink (Huygens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences / Leiden University), “Cartesian sex. Dutch Anatomists on Female and Male bodies, Procreation and Lust.”

15h45-16h30 Karen E. Hollewand (Utrecht University), “Sex and Scandal: Dutch scholars in polemics and prison.”

16:30-16:45 Pause

16h45-17h30 Barbara de Negroni (Saint Quen), “Histoire, critique, tolérance: les enjeux de l’Histoire des juifs de Basnage de Beauval.”

Friday 29 October

13:00-13:15 Welcome

13:15-14:00 Mogens Lærke (Maison Française d’Oxford), “Homo Politicus: Spinoza, Oldenburger, and the Politics of Envy and Friendship.”

14:00-14:45 Sonja Lavaert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel VUB), “Political Considerations of a Freethinker: Franciscus van den Enden.”

14:45-15:00 Pause

15:00-15:45 Jonathan Israel (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton), “Spinoza’s Libertine ‘French Circle’.”

15:45-16:30 Wiep van Bunge (Erasmus University, Rotterdam), “Seventeenth-Century Dutch Libertines: Classicists, Spinozists, and Travelogues.”