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Meaning in Spinoza's Method

  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521039505

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  • Readers of Spinoza's philosophy have often been discouraged, as well as fascinated, by the geometrical method which he employs in his masterpiece Ethics. Aaron Garrett examines this method and suggests that Spinoza intended not only to make claims and propositions but also to transform readers by enabling them to view themselves and the world in a different way. This original and controversial book will be of interest to historians of philosophy.

    • A full-length treatment of Spinoza's method in English
    • Seeks to show the importance of both Spinonza's early modern secular and medieval Jewish philosophical sources on his philosophy
    • Will be of interest to anyone interested in the history of philosophy as a procedure of mental therapy
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    '… there are some very illuminating aspects of this book.' British Journal for the History of Philosophy

    'In his book, Meaning in Spinoza's Method, Aaron Garrett's guiding aim is to investigate the connections between method and content in Spinoza's philosophy, and the results are stimulating and often surprising. … I would say that this book is the most sustained and historically illuminating treatment of Spinoza's method of which I am aware. The range and depth of Garrett's survey of philosophers who influenced or may have influenced Spinoza on method is very impressive. … [an] illuminating and fertile account of Spinoza's method.' Mind

    'For many readers, the most admirable thing about this admirable book will be its successful depiction of Spinozism as a brilliant synthesis of competing pressures in early modern thought.' Journal of the History of Philosophy

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    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521039505
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    Texts and editions
    Introduction
    1. A worm in the blood: some central themes in Spinoza's Ethics
    2. A few further basic concepts
    3. Emendative therapy and the Tractatus de Intellectus Emendatione
    4. Method: analysis and synthesis
    5. Maimonides and Gersonides
    6. Definitions in Spinoza's Ethics: where they come from and what they are for
    7. The third kind of knowledge and 'our' eternity
    Bibliography
    Index of passages referred to and cited
    General index.

  • Author

    Aaron V. Garrett, Boston University
    Aaron Garrett is Assistant Professor at Boston University. He has contributed to a number of publications and is the editor of Francis Hutcheson, An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections (2002) and Animal Rights and Souls in the Eighteenth Century (2000).

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