Collective Imaginings: Spinoza Past and Present

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    Overview

    Why would the work of the 17th century philosopher Benedict de Spinoza concern us today? How can Spinoza shed any light on contemporary thought?
    In this intriguing book, Moira Gatens and Genevieve Lloyd show us that in spite of or rather because of Spinoza's apparent strangeness, his philosophy can be a rich resource for cultural self-understanding in the present.
    Collective Imaginings draws on recent re-assessments of the philosophy of Spinoza to develop new ways of conceptualising issues of freedom and difference. This ground-breaking study will be invaluable reading to anyone wishing to gain a fresh perspective on Spinoza's thought.

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    Product Details

    • ISBN-13: 9780415165709
    • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    • Publication date: 9/28/1999
    • Pages: 184
    • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

    Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations
    Introduction 1
    Pt. I Imagination, freedom and responsibility 9
    1 Spinoza's imagination 11
    2 Spinoza's freedom 41
    3 Re-imagining responsibility 58
    Pt. II Communities, difference and the present past 85
    4 Theology, politics and norms 87
    5 Freedom, authority and difference 114
    6 Responsibility and the past 136
    Notes 150
    Bibliography 155
    Index 160
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