The philosophy of Spinoza is increasingly recognised as holding a position of crucial importance and influence in early modern thought, and in previous years has been the focus of a rich and growing body of scholarship. In this volume of essays, leading experts in the field offer penetrating analyses of his views about God, necessity, imagination, the mind, knowledge, history, society, and politics. The essays treat questions of perennial importance in Spinoza scholarship but also constitute critical examinations of his worldview. Scholars of modern philosophy will value this volume as a collection of some of the very best work done on Spinoza's philosophy.
• Covers a wide range of topics including Spinoza's views on God, the mind, knowledge, society, and politics • Written by a strong team of contributors
Introduction Charlie Huenemann; 1. Representation and consciousness in Spinoza's naturalistic theory of imagination Don Garrett; 2. Rationalism run amok: representation and the reality of emotions in Spinoza Michael Della Rocca; 3. 'Whatever is, is in God': substance and things in Spinoza's metaphysics Steven Nadler; 4. Necessitarianism in Spinoza and Leibniz Michael V. Griffin; 5. Epistemic autonomy in Spinoza Charlie Huenemann; 6. Spinoza and the philosophy of history Michael A. Rosenthal; 7. Democracy and the good life in Spinoza's philosophy Susan James; 8. Spinoza's unstable politics of freedom Tom Sorell; 9. Should Spinoza have published his philosophy? Daniel Garber.