Spinoza and Dutch Cartesianism

Hardcover | March 5, 2015

byAlexander X. Douglas

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Alexander X. Douglas offers a new understanding of Spinoza's philosophy by situating it in its immediate historical context. He defends a thesis about Spinoza's philosophical motivations and then bases an interpretation of his major works upon it. The thesis is that much of Spinoza'sphilosophy was conceived with the express purpose of rebutting a claim about the limitations of philosophy made by some of his contemporaries. They held that philosophy is intrinsically incapable of revealing anything of any relevance to theology, or in fact to any study of direct practicalrelevance to human life. Spinoza did not. He believed that philosophy reveals the true nature of God, and that God is nothing like what the majority of theologians, or indeed of religious believers in general, think he is. The practical implications of this change in the concept of God were profound and radical. As Douglas shows, many of Spinoza's theories were directed towards showing how the separation his opponents endeavoured to maintain between philosophical and non-philosophical (particularly theological)thought was logically untenable.

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Alexander X. Douglas offers a new understanding of Spinoza's philosophy by situating it in its immediate historical context. He defends a thesis about Spinoza's philosophical motivations and then bases an interpretation of his major works upon it. The thesis is that much of Spinoza'sphilosophy was conceived with the express purpose of ...

Alexander X. Douglas is currently a Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, London. His primary research focuses on early modern philosophy and the philosophy of social science.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:March 5, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. The Utrecht Crisis: Natural Theology and Cartesianism2. The Dutch Cartesians and the Separation Thesis3. The Metaphysical Thoughts4. The Tractatus Theologico-Politicus5. The Ethics and the Anti-SpinozaEpilogue: EmpiricismBibliographyIndex