Reconceiving Spinoza

Reconceiving Spinoza

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Samuel Newlands provides a sweeping new account of Spinoza's metaphysical system and the way it shapes and is shaped by his moral project. Newlands also shows how Spinoza can be read fruitfully alongside recent developments in contemporary analytic philosophy. According to Newlands, conceptual relations form the backbone of Spinoza's explanatory project and enable him to do everything from reconciling monism and diversity to motivating altruism within egoism.
Spinoza's conceptualism culminates in his call to a radical form of self-transcendence. Readers will be invited to reconceive not only Spinoza's project, but also the world and perhaps even themselves along the way.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 164 x 241 x 25mm | 612g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0198817266
  • 9780198817260
  • 2,686,363

Table of contents

Introduction
1: The Desiderata of Perfection
2: Spinoza's Conceptualist Strategy
3: Conceptual Dependence Monism
4: Spinoza's Metaphysics of Modality
5: A Conceptualist Account of Essences
6: Elusive Individuals
7: Ethics, Motivation and Egoism
8: Moral Transformation and Self-Transcendence
9: The Nature of the Conceptual
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This ambitious and stimulating book will be much discussed by Spinoza scholars, many of whom will dispute its claims. Nevertheless, this is what original scholarship in the history of philosophy is supposed to do: get us to rethink our assumptions about the philosophers we study. There is a lot in Newlands book I do not agree with, but I am very glad I read it. Steven Nadler, Journal of the History of Philosophy
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This ambitious and stimulating book will be much discussed by Spinoza scholars, many of whom will dispute its claims. Nevertheless, this is what original scholarship in the history of philosophy is supposed to do: get us to rethink our assumptions about the philosophers we study. There is a lot in Newlands book I do not agree with, but I am very glad I read it. * Steven Nadler, Journal of the History of Philosophy * The extensive bibliography demonstrates Newlands's rootedness in both contemporary metaphysics and Spinoza studies. Summing up: Recommended * CHOICE *
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About Samuel Newlands

Samuel Newlands is William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Collegiate Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of numerous articles on early modern philosophy and the co-editor (with Larry Jorgensen) of Metaphysics and the Good (2009) and New Essays on Leibniz's Theodicy (2014).
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