Between Philosophy and Religion: v. 1

Between Philosophy and Religion: v. 1 : Spinoza, the Bible and Modernity

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In Between Philosophy and Religion Volumes I and II, Brayton Polka examines Spinoza's three major works-on religion, politics, and ethics-in order to show that his thought is at once biblical and modern. Polka argues that Spinoza is biblical only insofar as he is understood to be one of the great philosophers of modernity and that he is modern only when it is understood that he is unique in making the interpretation of the Bible central to philosophy and philosophy central to the interpretation of the Bible. This book and its companion volume are essential reading for any scholar of more

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  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739116029
  • 9780739116029

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Polka offers a striking challenge to received readings of Spinoza by privileging neither reason nor revelation. Combining hermeneutics and ontology in reciprocal presupposition, he offers a highly original challenge to dominant views of faith and reason in modernity. This Hegelian reading of Spinoza demands careful consideration from philosophers of religion and Spinoza scholars alike. This is a genuinely extraordinary book. -- Philip Goodchild, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham This is a major study of Spinoza, which masterfully commands the details of the philosopher's most important texts with sensitivity and ease. It is also a major work of philosophy in its own right, a history of modernity and its key ideas from the standpoint of the separation between (and relationship of) philosophy and religion. Polka's lucid, rigorous analyses open Spinoza's dense texts to a wide range of readers, specialists and non-specialists alike, while situating the ideas in a genealogy of modernity which fundamentally recasts standard conceptions of the modern, the biblical, the ancient, the rational, and the religious. The book's claims are tough, strong, shocking, unnerving, and risky in the best possible sense. An immense achievement. -- Nancy K. Levene, Author of Spinoza's Revelation: Religion, Democracy, and Reasonshow more

About Brayton Polka

Brayton Polka is professor emeritus of humanities and social & political thought at York more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Challenge of Spinoza to Modernity Chapter 2 The Bible and Hermeneutics Chapter 3 The Ontological Argument and Modernity: The Relationship Between Thought and Existence Chapter 4 Conclusion: Hermeneutics and Ontology Chapter 5 Appendix 1: Critical Commentary on Works Relating to Spinoza, the Bible, and Modernity Chapter 6 Appendix 2: Strauss on the Bible, Philosophy, and Modernity Chapter 7 Bibliography Chapter 8 Indexshow more

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