Overview

Renowned for his metaphysics, Spinoza made significant contributions to understanding the human mind, the emotions, moral philosophy, and political philosophy.
Beginning with an overview of Spinoza's life, Michael Della Rocca carefully unpacks and explains Spinoza's philosophy: his metaphysics of substance and argument at the center of his whole system that God is the sole independent substance; his account of the human mind and its relation to the body; his theory that ...

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Overview

Renowned for his metaphysics, Spinoza made significant contributions to understanding the human mind, the emotions, moral philosophy, and political philosophy.
Beginning with an overview of Spinoza's life, Michael Della Rocca carefully unpacks and explains Spinoza's philosophy: his metaphysics of substance and argument at the center of his whole system that God is the sole independent substance; his account of the human mind and its relation to the body; his theory that human beings tend towards self-preservation and his most famous work, the Ethics, including the problem of free will; and his writings on the state, religion and scripture.


Della Rocca concludes with a chapter on Spinoza's legacy and how modern philosophers, Hume, Hegel, and Nietzsche, responded to Spinoza's challenge. Ideal for those coming to Spinoza for the first time as well as those already acquainted with his thought, Spinoza is essential reading for anyone studying philosophy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134456369
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Series: Routledge Philosophers
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 360
  • File size: 337 KB

Table of Contents

Chronology

1 Spinoza's Understanding and Understanding Spinoza 1

1 Spinoza's Understanding

2 Understanding Spinoza

Summary

Further Reading

2 The Metaphysics of Substance 33

1 Descartes on Substance

2 Spinoza Contra Descartes on Substance

3 The Argument for Substance Monism

4 Modes

5 Necessitarianism

6 The Purpose of It All

Summary

Further Reading

3 The Human Mind 89

1 Parallelism and Representation

2 Essence and Representation

3 Parallelism and Mind-Body Identity

4 The Idea of the Human Body

5 The Pancreas Problem, the Pan Problem, and Panpsychism

6 Nothing but Representation

7 Representation, Will, and Belief

8 Skepticism

Summary

Further Reading

4 Psychology: Striving and Self-preservation 137

1 Conatus

2 Desire, Joy, and Sadness

3 Love, Hate, and All That

Summary

Further Reading

5 The Ethics of the Ethics 175

1 The Good Notion of the Good

2 The Right Notion of the Right

3 Knowledge and Morality

4 Freedom and Morality

5 Helping Others

6 Lies and Degrees of Freedom

Summary

Further Reading

6 The State, Religion, and Scripture 206

1 Rights and Power

2 Religion and the State

3 Scripture

4 Prophecy and the Truth of the Bible

Summary

Further Reading

7 From PSR to Eternity 254

Summary

Further Reading

8 The Aftermath of Spinoza 275

1 Leibniz

2 Bayle and Hume

3 The Pantheism Controversy

4 Hegel

5 Nietzsche

6 Prospects of Spinozistic Rationalism

Summary

Further Reading

Glossary 314

Notes 318

Bibliography 327

Index 333

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