My ongoing academic research focuses mostly on Spinoza and surrounding figures of the Early Modern and Enlightenment periods. However, as Spinoza’s Ethics 2.0 attests, I am also quite interested in digital humanities, and the relationship between digital and traditional methods in historical and contemporary philosophy and research.
In addition, I co-founded the Spinoza Society of Canada with the aim of facilitating greater connections between Spinoza scholars both across Canada and between Canada and the rest of the world. For the first few years of its existence, we held our annual meeting at the CPA Congress and put together symposia and other events, including a special session at the APA. We are currently on a bit of a hiatus while we work out the future of the society.
I am an avid distance runner competing recreationally in everything from 5Ks to Marathons. For the past year I have been focusing on increased mileage, 5K speed, and am now training for a fall 10K and half-marathon. You can follow me on Strava.
I am currently working on several papers that deal with the implications of Spinoza's use of the Geometrical Method and his commitment to the necessity of nature.
Spinoza’s Ethics 2.0 is a web-based repository of the text of several versions of Spinoza’s magnum opus, but more importantly, this site provides a representation of the structure of the geometrical demonstrations of Spinoza’s Ethics.
Will Kymlicka is the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy in the Philosophy Department at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, where he has taught since 1998. His research interests focus on issues of democracy and diversity, and in particular on models of citizenship and social justice within multicultural societies. He has published eight books and over 200 articles, which have been translated into 34 languages, and has received several awards, most recently, Honorary Doctorates from the University of Copenhagen in 2013 and KU Leuven in 2014, and the 2019 Gold Medal from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
I am co-founder of the society. The Spinoza Society of Canada is primarily focused on bringing together and promoting researchers, scholarship, and resources within Canada. Anyone may join and make use of the society’s resources, which will be shared on the website, and through various social media avenues. Our hope is that this society will be useful to scholars and students, and will also spread greater awareness and understanding of Spinoza's work in Canada and abroad.