The Explainability of Experience

The Explainability of Experience : Realism and Subjectivity in Spinoza's Theory of the Human Mind

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This book reconstructs Spinoza's theory of the human mind against the backdrop of the twofold notion that subjective experience is explainable and that its successful explanation is of ethical relevance, because it makes us wiser, freer, and happier. Doing so, the book defends a realist rationalist interpretation of Spinoza's approach which does not entail commitment to an ontological reduction of subjective experience to mere intelligibility. In contrast to a
long-standing tradition of Hegelian reading of Spinoza's Ethics, it thus defends the notion that the experience of finite subjects is fully real.
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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 162 x 243 x 29mm | 578g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0199350167
  • 9780199350162
  • 1,963,547

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Renz offers many informative, everyday examples to illustrate key points and also includes extensive historical and contemporary cross-references ... This novel argument has bearing not only for studies in the history of philosophy, but also for contemporary philosophical discussions of mind. The notes and bibliography are excellent ... Highly recommended. * H. Storl, CHOICE *
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About Ursula Renz

Ursula Renz is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria
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