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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.Read more
- Addresses the most general question about Spinoza through close readings of very short sections of Ethics
- Refutes one of the main dogmas of Spinoza scholarship: the parallelism thesis
- Offers a comprehensive interpretation of one of the most difficult and least studied parts of Ethics: the second section of the fifth part
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- Date Published: December 2014
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107069985
- length: 298 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.57kg
- contains: 1 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Spinoza and the question of religion
Part II. Mind and Body:
2. The exegetic inadequacy of parallelism
3. The context
4. Ethics II, propositions 1-13
5. Bodies and ideas - a few general remarks
6. The norm of reason: adequacy, truth, knowledge, and comprehension
7. Man, a mode of the substance
Instead of a conclusion: Salus sive Beatitude sive Libertas.
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