Taken from the Great Philosphers, Volume II.

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Taken from the Great Philosphers, Volume II.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156847308
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/19/1974
  • Series: Great Philosophers Series
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 1,017,557
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Life and Works 3
II. Philosophy and Way of Life 7
III. The Metaphysical Vision 9
a. Substance, attribute, mode 9
b. God 10
c. The two attributes 16
d. The modes 18
e. Time; necessity 20
f. The cleavage between God and the world and the question of their unity 21
IV. Theory of Knowledge 25
a. The stages of knowledge 25
b. Ideas 28
c. Relation to God 30
d. Spinoza's geometrical method 31
e. Mysticism, rationalism, speculative thought 33
V. Man 37
a. Man is not substance but mode 37
b. Human and divine thinking 38
c. Man is mind and body 38
d. Man and animal and the difference among men 41
e. Immortality and eternity 42
VI. Freedom from Aims and Values 44
a. Purposes and values are prejudices arising from a perversion of the idea of God 44
b. Our limited intelligence 46
c. Reality and value 47
d. The shift from one class of knowledge to another 48
e. The ethos of freedom from values 49
VII. Servitude and Freedom of Mind 50
a. The theory of the affects 53
b. Description of bondage 55
c. The idea and possibility of freedom 56
VIII. Religion and the State 62
A. Spinoza's Political Thinking 65
a. Principles of necessity in political life 66
b. The ideal state 71
Spinoza and Hobbes 73
B. Religion in the State 75
a. Reason and revelation 78
b. The understanding of the Bible 80
c. Freedom of thought 82
C. Critical Characterization of Spinoza's Views of Religion and Politics 84
a. Lack of clarity as to the relationship between science and philosophy 84
Spinoza as a scientist 88
b. Biblical science, faith, philosophy 89
c. Objections to Spinoza's conception of God 93
d. Spinoza's destiny and personal decisions 99
e. Spinoza and the Jewish question 102
IX. Critical Characterization of Spinoza's Philosophy 108
a. A glance at Spinoza's philosophy and character 108
b. Spinoza's limitations 112
X. Spinoza's Influence 116
Bibliography 119
Index of Names 121
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