On 27 November 2016 a website on the Dutch philosopher Benedictus de Spinoza (1632-1677) was launched by a research team based out of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. ‘The Spinoza Web’ is an open-access website that seeks to make Spinoza’s life, thought, and networks accessible to a wide range of users from interested novices to advanced scholars.
Two points of entry
The beta release notably features a ‘Timeline Experience’, which tells the story of Spinoza using rich graphic and other supporting material. The ‘Database Search’ is a gateway to an enormous repository for the study of Spinoza. The goal is eventually to assemble all first-hand documentation pertaining to the philosopher for the use of the worldwide scholarly community.
The team collaborated with a commercial partner (Rotterdam-based advertising agency Nijgh) to produce an attractive website that meets scholarly standards. With the current design, it hopes to work towards a model for websites on historical figures.
The website has been constructed as part of the larger ‘Spinoza’s Web’ project, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The team consists of project leader Prof. Piet Steenbakkers as principal investigator, with Dr Jeroen van de Ven and Dr Albert Gootjes as postdoctoral researchers.