The aim of this conference is not (primarily) to trace the reception history of Spinoza’s philosophy, but rather to generate a genuine dialogue between the thought of Spinoza and the German Idealists. We believe that the issues at stake – the value of humanity, the possibility and importance of self-negation, the nature and value of reason and imagination, the possibility of a philosophical system, human freedom, intuitive knowledge, the nature of God – are of the highest philosophical importance, especially once we attempt to understand the constitution of modernity. The historical scope of the conference will be quite wide and include among others the philosophical dialogues with Spinoza in the works of Mendelssohn, Lessing, Herder, Goethe, Jacobi, Kant, Maimon, Novalis, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel.