Spinoza And Religion; A Study Of Spinoza's Metaphysics And Of His Particular Utterances In Regard To Religion, With A View To Determining The Signific by Elmer Ellsworth Powell

Spinoza And Religion; A Study Of Spinoza's Metaphysics And Of His Particular Utterances In Regard…

byElmer Ellsworth Powell

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. SUPPOSED PROFESSIONS OP RELIGIOUS INTEREST. The question whether Spinoza's philosophy constitutes a religious system is not identical with the question whether he possessed a religious interest. It is conceivable that a thinker might have a genuine religious interest, and nevertheless feel compelled, as a consequence of metaphysical presuppositions, to accept a non-religious or an antireligious view of the world. That Spinoza's philosophy is not a religious system, but a typical expression of the antithetical world-view, has become sufficiently clear. It remains only to consider the question whether there are adequate grounds for the common assumption that, whatever be the character of his system, he was personally a man of strong religious interest. The final answer to this question, which might have been expected in connection with the "Biographical Sketch," was purposely deferred until after we should become acquainted with the characteristics of Spinoza's thinking; for, although anti-religious tenets may not be conclusive proof of the absence of all religious interest, the mental characteristics revealed in a philosopher's thinking constitute an essential part of the total manifestation of his personality, and imist be known in order to determine accurately his relation to religion. That attitude, as it has come to light in the foregoing investigations, has led us to assert that Spinoza's dominant interest was cognitive and that this was unmixed with anything which may be ealled the religious interest. We propose here to justify that conclusion more completely. In any intelligent discussion of this question, the first thing to settle is the meaning of 'religious interest.' We have already shown that there is no warrant for applying the te...

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Title:Spinoza And Religion; A Study Of Spinoza's Metaphysics And Of His Particular Utterances In Regard…Format:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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