This year Spinoza is the theme of Kocaeli University's annual international philosophy conference. Amsterdam major Van der Laan will speak during the conference (May 21 - 23) on Spinoza's contribution to the development of Amsterdam. The project is a gift from Amsterdam to Kocaeli.
Baruch Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher of Jewish descent who lived in Amsterdam in the 17th century. He was banished from the Jewish community as a result of his radical philosophy and moved away from Amsterdam. His famous work Ethica, published post-mortem, contains some of his most controversial ideas about God and the nature of the human spirit.
The project WatSpinoza? demonstrates that Spinoza's ideas are still topical.
You can respond to the questions on watspinoza.nl and on Facebook.