The graduate center, the city university of new york established in 1961, the graduate center of the city university of new york cuny is devoted primarily to doctoral studies and awards most of cunys doctoral degrees. Spinoza for our time extends and reflects back upon the trilogy of longer, mosaiclike sometimes guernicalike, in their kaleidoscopic ambition. Among recent books on spinoza, justin steinbergs is notable for taking as its topic spinozas politics in general, rather than some particular. Popular spinoza books showing 150 of 185 ethics paperback by. Spinoza reconsidered jonathan israel, radical enlightenment. Philosophy and the making of modernity 16501750 oxford university press. Philosophy and the making of modernity 16501750 oxford. Mar 02, 2018 vanderbilt has acquired three rare 17thcentury volumes by famed philosopher baruch spinoza, thanks to the provosts library collective initiative. An introduction to his philosophical thought, was the opening book in a penguin series intended to draw modern analytical philosophers to the philosophers of the past. Spinozasethics spinozas ethics is one of the most remarkable, important, and difficult books in the history of philosophy.
E ethics, ep correspondence epistolae, kv short treatise on god, man and his wellbeing. Joy, sorrow, and the feeling brain by antonio damasio m. For the past few years i have been looking for spinoza, sometimes in books, sometimes in places, and that is why i am here today. On the whole, then, this wellexecuted little book is a welcome addition to the recent spinoza literature. Integrates spinozas thought into the contemporary debate on interpersonal. Among the innumerable treasures the nazis stole from europe during world war ii was a collection of books displayed at the spinoza museum in rijnsburg, holland. Project gutenberg offers 61,918 free ebooks to download. Spinozas political philosophy stanford encyclopedia of philosophy. May 25, 2014 klausners theatrical performance was the first of several efforts in the 20th century to revoke spinozas excommunication. What is the best book of spinoza to begin with his work. Whereas studies of spinoza in english have emphasized the logic of the ethics, these essays instead focus on the marginal and developmental moments that have had such a profound effect on french thought.
Baruch spinoza shelved 24 times as spinoza avg rating 4. The reader unfamiliar with spinoza but possessing some background in philosophy may prefer to start with this volume rather than with scrutons, although on the whole i still like scrutons a little better. He examines the ways that spinoza deploys this realist method in the service of empowerment. Spinoza wrote the last indisputable latin masterpiece, and one in which the refined conceptions of medieval philosophy are finally turned against themselves and destroyed entirely. Ways into reading spinoza philosophical bibliotherapy. In just ninetythree pages, steinberg covers the gamut of spinozas thought. Spinoza for our time extends and reflects back upon the trilogy of longer, mosaiclike sometimes guernicalike, in their kaleidoscopic ambition books that negri wrote with hardt. An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the graduate center offers more than thirty doctoral programs in.
All content included on our site, such as text, images, digital downloads and other, is the property of its content suppliers and protected by us and international laws. In betraying spinoza, rebecca newberger goldstein sets out to rediscover the fleshandblood man often buried beneath the veneer of rigorous rationality and to provide a comprehensive cultural and religious context for the formation of his ideas. Spinoza contra phenomenology fundamentally recasts the history of postwar french thought, typically presumed to have been driven by a critique of reason indebted to nietzsche and heidegger. Indeed, as one distinguished commentator has noted, the only evaluative distinction finally recognized in his philosophy, other than the distinctions between true and false, and between adequate and inadequate, ideas, is the distinction between freedom and servitude. No less an eminence than david bengurion, the first prime minister of israel, publicly argued for amending the injustice done to the philosopher, insisting that the 17thcentury rabbis had no authority to exclude the immortal spinoza from the community of. Goldstein march 28 april 1, 2011 alcohol can be made out of many things. Also included are selections from other works by spinoza, chosen by curley to make the ethics easier to understand, and a substantial introduction that gives an overview of. This is also the sort of thing i have in mind when i say steinberg s introduction is a bit more technical than scrutons, so the advantage may be a disadvantage for some readers. Nov 22, 2016 spinoza is by far the most poorly understood western philosopherperiod. With this doctrine in place, spinoza proceeds in the appendix to part i of the ethics to offer the following diagnosis of why we tend to regard ourselves. Brooklyn college is an integral part of the civic, urban, and artistic energy of new york and uses the entire city as a living classroom that broadens our students understanding of the world around them. The concept of freedom is undoubtedly central to spinoza s philosophy. Theres a new literary celebrity in town, and his name is.
Consider this, the atoms in your body could have been in a rose petal a few 100 years ago. Spinozas political philosophy, stanford encyclopedia of philosophy, ed. Three of the most striking and important claims of spinozas ethics are. Also included are selections from other works by spinoza, chosen by curley to make the ethics easier to understand, and a substantial introduction that gives an overview of spinozas life and the main themes of his philosophy. Byatts possession, but with more seventeenthcentury judaism. In the secondary scholarship, nadler has been a oneman spinoza industry recently. Examining freewill through spinoza and descartes inquiries. The new spinoza articulates that presence, making the influence and significance of spinoza perfectly clear for a new generation of philosophy.
Spinoza is by far the most poorly understood western philosopherperiod. The spinoza problem, by irvin yalom the washington post. Among recent books on spinoza, justin steinberg s is notable for taking as its topic spinoza s politics in general, rather than some particular work. All the spinoza references are from the collected works of spinoza, vol. Vanderbilt libraries acquire three of spinozas book. May 31, 2017 theres a new literary celebrity in town, and his name is baruch spinoza rachel kadishs the weight of ink is like a. Spinoza and relational autonomy edinburgh university press. To spinoza, innate ideas do in fact justify the existence of god, but not necessarily of freewill. The concept of freedom is undoubtedly central to spinozas philosophy.
Jan 20, 2018 for those who dont know what the freewill problem is. Indeed, so much scholarly attention has been lavished on spinozas metaphysics that it is easy to forget what the title of spinozas magnum opus so clearly announces. When referring to the ethics these common forms and abbreviations are. Spinoza is using an axiomatic method to think through a certain emanationist theory. Klausners theatrical performance was the first of several efforts in the 20th century to revoke spinozas excommunication. Spinozas ethics opens with such a heady and original metaphysics that critics and scholars often get ensnared in the rich tangle of questions raised in parts i and ii. Betraying spinoza the renegade jew who gave us modernity r.
The title of dimitris vardoulakiss edited volume spinoza now should be read in at least three ways. Spinozas ethics axiom seven philosophy stack exchange. Feb 23, 2003 for the past few years i have been looking for spinoza, sometimes in books, sometimes in places, and that is why i am here today. L ately, atheists have gone on a publishing offensive. Theres a new literary celebrity in town, and his name is baruch spinoza rachel kadishs the weight of ink is like a. Vanderbilt has acquired three rare 17thcentury volumes by famed philosopher baruch spinoza, thanks to the provosts library collective initiative.
It presents, in spinozas famous geometric method, his radical. Although reared in the jewish community, he rebelled against its religious views and practices, and in 1656 was formally excommunicated from the portuguesespanish synagogue of amsterdam and was thus effectively cast out of the jewish world. Imitation, representation, and humanity in spinozas ethics. The water molecule which just entered your mouth could have been above the pacific ocean a few months. On spinoza has 1 available editions to buy at half price books marketplace. Philosophy stack exchange is a question and answer site for those interested in the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. Newest spinoza questions philosophy stack exchange. Elwes 1853 the ethics is a philosophical book written by baruch spinoza. Justin steinberg came to brooklyn college in 2008, after teaching at colby college maine and the college of wooster ohio.
A curious pastime, as you can see, and one that i had never. Oct 20, 2005 the book of 1951, simply entitled spinoza. Spinoza s political psychology the taming of fortune and fear. The mind is more or less active or contemplative in accordance with the bodys activity or sensing. Baruch spinoza, human beings are determined abstract. This ambitious, successful book presents an interpretation of spinoza s views on politics as they occur, principally, in the ethics, the theologicalpolitical treatise ttp and the political treatise tp. He chose a single word from that language for his device. Although the reception of phenomenology gave rise to many innovative developments in french philosophy, from existentialism to deconstruction, not everyone in france was pleased with this german import. In just ninetythree pages, steinberg covers the gamut of spinoza s thought. The following common abbreviations have been used to refer to spinozas writings. On spinoza book by diane steinberg, diana burns steinberg. Although it was published posthumously in 1677, it is his most famous work, and is considered his magnum opus.
Although wishing to give the impression that their highbrow books buck the trend, in reality they preach to the converted. The mind is more or less active or contemplative in. Spinozas scandalous treatise and the birth of the secular age 2011, the philosopher, the priest, and the painter. I wrote an undergraduate thesis largely on the subject of just how thoroughly he is misunderstoodspecifically how his discovery was the first western iteration of the one ma. Heine the multitudes, ever prone to superstition, and caring more for the shreds of antiquity than for eternal truths, pays homage to the books of the bible, rather than to the word of god. Justin steinberg shows how spinoza s political method resembles the renaissance civic humanism in its view of governance as an adaptive craft that requires psychological attunement. The spinoza problem, by irvin yalom washington post. Betraying spinoza the renegade jew who gave us modernity. Here is a spinoza both hauntingly emblematic and deeply human, both heretic and heroa. Baruch spinoza argues against the doctrine of free will as a result of demonstrating that the activity of our minds is equivalent to the activity of our bodies. A life, an introduction to spinozas ethics spinozas ethics. All our modern philosophers, though often perhaps unconsciously, see through the glasses which baruch spinoza ground. And yet in his lifetime he was expelled from the jewish community in amsterdam as a heretic, and after his death his works were first banned by the christian authorities as atheistic, then hailed by humanists as the gospel of. For those who dont know what the freewill problem is.1144 447 1027 1447 1195 1058 56 280 1129 825 1065 1355 520 416 1219 590 1234 480 765 103 952 1532 891 1218 1273 1528 1268 296 725 589 932 1454 583 639 1465 531 202 546 451 494