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About the Author
Michael Mack (PhD. Cambridge) is Reader in English Literature and Medical Humanities at Durham University, UK. Formerly he has been a Visiting Professor at Syracuse University, a Fellow at the University of Sydney, and lecturer and research fellow at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Spinoza and the Specters of Modernity (Continuum, 2010), German Idealism and the Jew (University of Chicago Press, 2003), which was shortlisted for The Koret Jewish Book Award 2004, and Anthropology as Memory (Niemeyer, 2001, Conditio Judaica Series).
Table of Contents
Spinoza' alternative modernity
Descartes, Spinoza or the goal that destroys itself.
Spinoza's conatus or the critique of political self-destruction
Herder's Spinozist understanding of Reflection
From the Dissection theatre to popular philosophy or Herder's Spinozist theology
From the National to the Transnational
Universalism contested: Herder, Kant and Race
Talking Humanly with the Devil: From Rosenzweig via Spinoza to Goethe's hospitality in Faust and Iphigenia on Tauris
The Significance of the Insignificant: George Eliot's Daniel Deronda and the Literature of Weimar Classicism
Conclusion: Freud and Spinoza or how to be mindful of the mind.