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Spinoza : The Routledge Philosophers - Michael Della Rocca


The Routledge Philosophers

Paperback Published: 25th June 2008
ISBN: 9780415283304
Number Of Pages: 346

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Renowned for his metaphysics, Spinoza made significant contributions to understanding the human mind, the emotions, moral philosophy, and political philosophy.
Beginning with an overview of Spinoza's life, Michael Della Rocca carefully unpacks and explains Spinoza's philosophy: his metaphysics of substance and argument at the center of his whole system that God is the sole independent substance; his account of the human mind and its relation to the body; his theory that human beings tend towards self-preservation and his most famous work, the Ethics, including the problem of free will; and his writings on the state, religion and scripture.

Della Rocca concludes with a chapter on Spinoza's legacy and how modern philosophers, Hume, Hegel, and Nietzsche, responded to Spinoza's challenge. Ideal for those coming to Spinoza for the first time as well as those already acquainted with his thought, Spinoza is essential reading for anyone studying philosophy.

This is an exciting, interesting, and highly-readable book on Spinoza. Della Rocca offers a bold thesis: that Spinoza's philosophy results from persistently applying the principle of sufficient reason to absolutely everything -- so, in short, there can be no dumb luck, no brute facts. Della Rocca successfully uses this thesis to illuminate the basics of Spinoza's philosophy, and to extend several scholarly discussions in new and interesting directions. His book will instruct both beginning and advanced students of Spinoza. Charles Hueneman, Utah State University 'an absolutely fantastic book. Della Rocca has succeeded in making Spinoza's notoriously difficult thought accessible to a general audience without sacrificing any of the conceptual complexity and rigors that makes Spinoza such a good philosopher.' Martin Lin, University of Toronto

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Editions Used and Abbreviationsp. xi
Chronologyp. xiii
Spinoza's Understanding and Understanding Spinozap. 1
Spinoza's Understanding
Understanding Spinoza
Further Reading
The Metaphysics of Substancep. 33
Descartes on Substance
Spinoza Contra Descartes on Substance
The Argument for Substance Monism
The Purpose of It All
Further Reading
The Human Mindp. 89
Parallelism and Representation
Essence and Representation
Parallelism and Mind-Body Identity
The Idea of the Human Body
The Pancreas Problem, the Pan Problem, and Panpsychism
Nothing but Representation
Representation, Will, and Belief
Further Reading
Psychology: Striving and Self-preservationp. 137
Desire, Joy, and Sadness
Love, Hate, and All That
Further Reading
The Ethics of the Ethicsp. 175
The Good Notion of the Good
The Right Notion of the Right
Knowledge and Morality
Freedom and Morality
Helping Others
Lies and Degrees of Freedom
Further Reading
The State, Religion, and Scripturep. 206
Rights and Power
Religion and the State
Prophecy and the Truth of the Bible
Further Reading
From PSR to Eternityp. 254
Further Reading
The Atermath of Spinozap. 275
Bayle and Hume
The Pantheism Controversy
Prospects of Spinozistic Rationalism
Further Reading
Glossaryp. 314
Notesp. 318
Bibliographyp. 327
Indexp. 333
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ISBN: 9780415283304
ISBN-10: 0415283302
Series: The Routledge Philosophers
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 25th June 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1