Between Philosophy and Religion: v. 2
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Between Philosophy and Religion: v. 2 : 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 Spinoza.show more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0739116045
  • 9780739116043

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Recognizing Spinoza's philosophy as distinctively unique, Polka offers an original approach... The central tenet of Polka's apprach is his provocative but at the same time polemically engaging proposition that Spinozacan only be adequately understoodif he is recognized as both resolutely modern and biblical at the same time. The merit of Polka's study lies in its highlighting of this structure of mutually illuminating satellite texts without stipulating a doctrinaire core. Rather, Polka's approach brings out the philosophically critical impetus of Spinoza's thought that resists doctrinaire reduction and grasps its subject matter by the particular method and type of argumentation it requires. H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online, September 2009 Like his earlier Hermeneutics and Ontology, Brayton Polka's [Between Philosophy and Religion] is a work as eloquent as it is erudite. No reader could fail to learn from this monumental study a great deal about the relations between democratic freedom and eternal freedom, between consciousness and desire, and indeed what it is to be modern. -- Kevin Hart, University of Notre Dame Recognizing Spinoza's philosophy as distinctively unique, Polka offers an original approach... The central tenet of Polka's apprach is his provocative but at the same time polemically engaging proposition that Spinozacan only be adequately understood if he is recognized as both resolutely modern and biblical at the same time. The merit of Polka's study lies in its highlighting of this structure of mutually illuminating satellite texts without stipulating a doctrinaire core. Rather, Polka's approach brings out the philosophically critical impetus of Spinoza's thought that resists doctrinaire reduction and grasps its subject matter by the particular method and type of argumentation it requires. H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online, September 2009show more

About Brayton Polka

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

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Consciousness, Desire, and the Duality of Existence Chapter 2 Between Politics and Ethics: The Relationship between Democratic Freedom and Eternal Freedom Chapter 3 Conclusion: Modernity in Light of Spinozashow more

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