Collective Imaginings: Spinoza Past and Present

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Overview

Gatens and Lloyd draw on recent reassessments of the philosophy of Spinoza and develop new ways of conceptualizing issues of freedom and difference. These newly contextualized theories are easily applied to contemporary issues, such as

environmental debates, issues of feminism, the conception of democracy, and the idea of the individual and community, providing relevance to our everyday lives.

responsibility, difference and diversity. The book is remarkably accessible to readers new to Spinoza, and provocative in offering its readers a way of thinking seriously about imagination, social fictions, and the power of collective critique." Lorraine Code, Professor of Philosophy,

York University, Toronto Canada

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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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