Spinoza on Learning to Live Together

Spinoza on Learning to Live Together

Susan James defends this interpretation and explores Spinoza's influence on contemporary debates.

Author: Susan James

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198713074

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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Philosophising, as Spinoza conceives it, is the project of learning to live joyfully. This in turn is a matter of learning to live together, and the most obvious test of philosophical insight is our capacity to sustain a harmonious way of life. Susan James defends this interpretation and explores Spinoza's influence on contemporary debates.
Categories: Philosophy

Essays on Spinoza s Ethical Theory

Essays on Spinoza s Ethical Theory

Susan James The best kind of life for human beings, Spinoza argues, is one in
which we are powerful enough to ensure ... If the power of the mind and body
increase and decrease together, learning to live in the way that is best for us will
be a ...

Author: Andrew Youpa

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199657537

Category: Philosophy

Page: 284

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Thirteen original essays by leading scholars explore aspects of Spinoza's ethical theory and, in doing so, deepen our understanding of the richly rewarding core of his system. Given its importance to his philosophical ambitions, it is surprising that his ethics has, until recently, received relatively little scholarly attention. Anglophone philosophy has tended to focus on Spinoza's contribution to metaphysics and epistemology, while philosophy in continental Europe has tended to show greater interest in his political philosophy. This tendency is problematic not only because it overlooks a central part of Spinoza's project, but also because it threatens to present a distorted picture of his philosophy. Moreover, Spinoza's ethics, like other branches of his philosophy, is complex, difficult, and, at times, paradoxical. The essays in this volume advance our understanding of his ethics and also help us to appreciate it as the centerpiece of his system. In addition to resolving interpretive difficulties and advancing longstanding debates, these essays point the direction for future research. Spinoza's enduring contribution to the development of ethical theory, to early modern philosophy, and indeed to early modern history generally, provide us with good reason to follow the lead of these essays.
Categories: Philosophy

Spinoza s Political Treatise

Spinoza s Political Treatise

While philosophy acknowledges that our natures can undergo radical change as
we learn to agree in nature or live ... History teaches us that people can live
together without conflict in monarchies, aristocracies, and democracies, and that,
 ...

Author: Yitzhak Y. Melamed

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316762158

Category: Philosophy

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Spinoza's Political Treatise constitutes the very last stage in the development of his thought, as he left the manuscript incomplete at the time of his death in 1677. On several crucial issues - for example, the new conception of the 'free multitude' - the work goes well beyond his Theological Political Treatise (1670), and arguably presents ideas that were not fully developed even in his Ethics. This volume of newly commissioned essays on the Political Treatise is the first collection in English to be dedicated specifically to the work, ranging over topics including political explanation, national religion, the civil state, vengeance, aristocratic government, and political luck. It will be a major resource for scholars who are interested in this important but still neglected work, and in Spinoza's political philosophy more generally.
Categories: Philosophy

Spinoza and the Cunning of Imagination

Spinoza and the Cunning of Imagination

We learn, that is, differences between minds by looking at differences among
bodies. ... live together. People form a species in ways that other beings do not.
Marx's formula that man is a species being, or Aristotle's dictum that man is a
political ...

Author: Eugene Garver

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226575735

Category: Philosophy

Page: 320

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Spinoza’s Ethics, and its project of proving ethical truths through the geometric method, have attracted and challenged readers for more than three hundred years. In Spinoza and the Cunning of Imagination, Eugene Garver uses the imagination as a guiding thread to this work. Other readers have looked at the imagination to account for Spinoza’s understanding of politics and religion, but this is the first inquiry to see it as central to the Ethics as a whole—imagination as a quality to be cultivated, and not simply overcome. ​Spinoza initially presents imagination as an inadequate and confused way of thinking, always inferior to ideas that adequately represent things as they are. It would seem to follow that one ought to purge the mind of imaginative ideas and replace them with rational ideas as soon as possible, but as Garver shows, the Ethics don’t allow for this ultimate ethical act until one has cultivated a powerful imagination. This is, for Garver, “the cunning of imagination.” The simple plot of progress becomes, because of the imagination, a complex journey full of reversals and discoveries. For Garver, the “cunning” of the imagination resides in our ability to use imagination to rise above it.
Categories: Philosophy

The God of Spinoza

The God of Spinoza

Brings together Spinoza's philosophical thinking and his conclusions about God and religion.

Author: Richard Mason

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052166585X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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Brings together Spinoza's philosophical thinking and his conclusions about God and religion.
Categories: Philosophy

Between Philosophy and Religion Vol II

Between Philosophy and Religion  Vol  II

Spinoza, the Bible, and Modernity Brayton Polka ... nature to the dictates of
reason and identifies it with the contrary affects whose conflicts prevent human
beings from forging a common life together. ... What can we learn from his
description?

Author: Brayton Polka

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739116043

Category: Philosophy

Page: 335

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In Between Philosophy and Religion Volumes I and II, Brayton Polka examines Spinoza's three major works--on religion, politics, and ethics--in order to show that his thought is at once biblical and modern. This book and its companion volume will be essential reading for any scholar of Spinoza.
Categories: Philosophy

Spinoza His Life and Philosophy

Spinoza  His Life and Philosophy

called solitude ; when absorbed in work he would hardly leave his chamber for
many days together ; once he did not ... inconsiderable correspondence, Spinoza
visited and was visited by not a few men of letters and learning ; there was a time
 ...

Author: Frederick Pollock

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015063026622

Category:

Page: 427

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Spinoza s Political and Ethical Philosophy

Spinoza s Political and Ethical Philosophy

narrow and partial these may be , you must learn to do all moral reformation in
and through them . ... inevitably brings with it ; and men now will the good , not in
the abstract , but as realised in a secure and stable order of life which prompts
and ...

Author: Robert Alexander Duff

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015003648048

Category: Ethics

Page: 516

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Categories: Ethics

Spinoza on Nature

Spinoza on Nature

... is one where these four sciences can freely flourish for a safer, more
harmonious way of living together within our world. ... Spinoza's treatises and
correspondence are themselves educative acts contributing to the
commonwealth of learning, ...

Author: James Collins

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015012095553

Category: Philosophy

Page: 333

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Collins' method is to make an internal textual study of Spinoza's doctrine on nature with emphasis on his general model of nature that underlies and gov­erns his arguments on particular issues. Separate chapters are devoted to each of his early writings. Two chapters discuss the Ethics. Collins concludes with a uni­fying view of Spinoza's perspective on nature that has a bearing upon many contemporary philosophical issues.
Categories: Philosophy

Monism

Monism

After learning Latin around the age of twenty , Spinoza became acquainted with
the philosophy of Descartes , with ... and he openly disregarded religious
ceremonies in preference of living , together with few highly unorthodox Jews like
 ...

Author: Eric Paul Jacobsen

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89080377633

Category:

Page: 523

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The War and Peace of a New Metaphysical Perception

The War and Peace of a New Metaphysical Perception

Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) — Q2: Do we possess free will, or are our actions
determined? ... Spinoza's metaphysical model would provide the individual the
impetus not to learn, not to gain knowledge. ... One lives the responsible/moral
life because one will live with the repercussions of one's life and all the ripples
such a life generates throughout the timelessness of the whole of abstraction
itself.

Author: Daniel J. Shepard

Publisher: Global Academic Publishing

ISBN: 1586842609

Category: Philosophy

Page: 487

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A futuristic examination of metaphysical systems, responsibility, understanding, conceit, continuums, and history’s vector.
Categories: Philosophy

Hand s End

Hand s End

... out of nature only so that we may learn how to know it intuitively, progressing
toward interconnection with all individual things and the unity they share.
SPINOZA SEES END IN BEGINNING Spinoza shows how we may conceive of
human life ...

Author: David Rothenberg

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520913205

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Hand's End offers a new philosophy of technology as the fundamental way in which humans experience and define nature—the tool as humanity extended. Rothenberg examines human inventions from the water wheel to the nuclear bomb and discusses theories of technology in the thought of philosophers including Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Marx, Heidegger, Spinoza, Mumford, and McLuhan.
Categories: Philosophy

Conversation with Spinoza

Conversation with Spinoza

How can you learn about the rest of the essence of things ? ” “ Through sound , "
you might ... You would remain still for some time , listening to each other ' s heart
, to the flow of blood , to the pulsation of life . “ What next ? How can you learn ...

Author: Goce Smilevski

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810123754

Category: Fiction

Page: 146

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Prizing ideas above all else, radical thinker Baruch Spinoza left little behind in the way of personal facts and furnishings. But what of the tug of necessity, the urgings of the flesh, to which this genius philosopher (and grinder of lenses) might have been no more immune than the next man-or the next character, as Baruch Spinoza becomes in this intriguing novel by the remarkable young Macedonian author Goce Smilevski. Smilevski's novel brings the thinker Spinoza and his inner life into conversation with the outer, all-too-real facts of his life and his day--from his connection to the Jewish community of Amsterdam, his excommunication in 1656, and the emergence of his philosophical system to his troubling feelings for his fourteen-year-old Latin teacher Clara Maria van den Enden and later his disciple Johannes Casearius. From this conversation there emerges a compelling and complex portrait of the life of an idea--and of a man who tries to live that idea.
Categories: Fiction

Spinoza 1880 1888

Spinoza  1880 1888

The highest good of all is a social one , into which all may enter and rejoice
together , whenfollowing the inborn impulse ... We shall learn not to separate in
thought our fleeting personal life and activity from the infinite one , in which we
have a ...

Author: Wayne I. Boucher

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015050138828

Category: Philosophy, Modern

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Categories: Philosophy, Modern

Rosicrucian Digest

Rosicrucian Digest

They were delighted to be learning a senior subject. ... We can learn. We learn
how to make a cake; how to use tools; how to live with other people. We learn
how to be ethical. ... One ambitious chap took Spinoza's Ethics from the Library.

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89062926993

Category: Rosicrucians

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Spinoza 1870 1880

Spinoza  1870 1880

And again :' I have had sweet sights of the forgiveness of my sins in this place ,
and of my being with Jesus in another world . ... Thus , living upon God , and
trusting in God through Christ , this strange man went through his own pilgrim ' s
progress . ... But in religion we are always returning to the past , instead of
starting from [ 53 ] the past ; learning nothing , forgetting nothing ; trying to force
back modern ...

Author: Wayne I. Boucher

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015050138810

Category: Philosophy, Modern

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The New Statesman and Nation

The New Statesman and Nation

On hearing that a man who owed him 200 florins had become bankrupt , ( he )
said with a smile : “ I must retrench my ... Spinoza lived in a retirement which at
times might be called solitude ; when absorbed in work he would hardly leave ...
In fact , Spinoza visited , and was visited by , not a few men of letters and learning
.

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ISBN: UCBK:B000549848

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T P s Weekly

T P  s Weekly

In Holland , where Spinoza was living , the Liberals had been cast out and the
Calvinistic clergy were as Calvinistic as ... Russian ( strike out those not wanleit ) .
together with your booklet " The Commonsease Way of Learning Languages .

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ISBN: IND:30000093241747

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The Nation and Athen um

The Nation and Athen  um

All effort is merely this re - adaption , all love is merely sexual impulse , with some
graceful illusions added . ... be good for some of our advanced writers on these
subjects to go back and learn from the medieval disputes on Universals that
individuals alone are " real . ... There is a useful preface , giving the main facts of
Spinoza's life , together with some account of his other works , of his relations to
other ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015032999230

Category: Great Britain

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The Nation and the Athenaeum

The Nation and the Athenaeum

All effort is merely this re - adaption , all love is merely sexual impulse , with some
graceful illusions added . ... be good for some of our advanced writers on these
subjects to go back and learn from the medieval disputes on Universals that
individuals alone are “ real . ... There is a useful preface , giving the main facts of
Spinoza's life , together with some account of his other works , of his relations to
other ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UCLA:L0069134526

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