Essays on Spinozas Ethical Theory

Hardcover | May 8, 2014

EditorMatthew J. Kisner, Andrew Youpa

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Thirteen original essays by leading scholars explore aspects of Spinoza's ethical theory and, in doing so, deepen our understanding of the richly rewarding core of his system. Given its importance to his philosophical ambitions, it is surprising that his ethics has, until recently, receivedrelatively little scholarly attention. Anglophone philosophy has tended to focus on Spinoza's contribution to metaphysics and epistemology, while philosophy in continental Europe has tended to show greater interest in his political philosophy. This tendency is problematic not only because itoverlooks a central part of Spinoza's project, but also because it threatens to present a distorted picture of his philosophy. Moreover, Spinoza's ethics, like other branches of his philosophy, is complex, difficult, and, at times, paradoxical. The essays in this volume advance our understanding of his ethics and also help us to appreciate it as the centerpiece of his system. In addition to resolving interpretive difficulties and advancing longstanding debates, these essays point the direction for future research. Spinoza's enduringcontribution to the development of ethical theory, to early modern philosophy, and indeed to early modern history generally, provide us with good reason to follow the lead of these essays.

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Thirteen original essays by leading scholars explore aspects of Spinoza's ethical theory and, in doing so, deepen our understanding of the richly rewarding core of his system. Given its importance to his philosophical ambitions, it is surprising that his ethics has, until recently, receivedrelatively little scholarly attention. Angloph...

Matthew J. Kisner is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina. His research focuses on the history of early modern ethics, particularly issues pertaining to freedom, agency and the passions. He is the author of Spinoza on Human Freedom: Reason, Autonomy and the Good Life (Cambridge University Press, 2011)....

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pagesPublished:May 8, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsMatthew J. Kisner and Andrew Youpa: IntroductionJohn Carriero: The Ethics in Spinoza's EthicsSteven Nadler: The Lives of Others: Spinoza on Benevolence as a Rational VirtueCharles Jarrett: Spinozistic ConstructivismMichael A. Rosenthal: Politics and Ethics in Spinoza: The Problem of NormativityJon Miller: Spinoza on the Life According to NatureKarolina Hubner: Spinoza on Being Human and Human PerfectionSusan James: Spinoza, the Body, and the Good LifeEugene Marshall: Man is a God to Man: How Human Beings Can Be Adequate CausesJustin Steinberg: Following a Recta Ratio Vivendi: The Practical Utility of Spinoza's Dictates of ReasonMichael LeBuffe: Necessity and the Commands of Reason in the EthicsOlli Koistinen: Desire and Good in SpinozaSanem Soyarslan: From Ordinary Life to Blessedness: The Power of Intuitive Knowledge in Spinoza's EthicsValtteri Viljanen: Spinoza on Virtue and EternityBibliographyIndex