Spinoza and the Case for Philosophy

Cambridge University Press, 2015 - 283 pagina's
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This book analyzes three often-debated questions of Spinoza's legacy: Was Spinoza a religious thinker? How should we understand Spinoza's mind-body doctrine? What meaning can be given to Spinoza's notions - such as salvation, beatitude, and freedom - which are seemingly incompatible with his determinism, his secularism, and his critique of religion. Through a close reading of often-overlooked sections from Spinoza's Ethics, Elhanan Yakira argues that these seemingly conflicting elements are indeed compatible, despite Spinoza's iconoclastic meanings. Yakira argues that Ethics is an attempt at providing a purely philosophical - as opposed to theological - foundation for the theory of value and normativity.

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A Few General Remarks
Adequacy Truth Knowledge
Man a Mode of the Substance

Overige edities - Alles weergeven

Veelvoorkomende woorden en zinsdelen

Over de auteur (2015)

Elhanan Yakira is Schulman Professor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has previously taught at the Sorbonne, cole Normale Sup rieure in Paris, cole des Hautes tudes en Sciences Sociales, Pennsylvania State University and Indiana University. Yakira's previous publications include N cessit , Contrainte et Choix: la m taphysique de la libert chez Spinoza et Leibniz (1989), winner of the 1990 Charles Lambert Prize from Acad mie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, Institut de France; La causalit de Galil e Kant (1994); Leibniz's Theory of the Rational (with Emily Grosholz, 1998); and Post-Zionism, Post-Holocaust (Cambridge, 2010).

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