True Freedom : Spinoza's Practical Philosophy
True Freedom: Spinoza's Practical Philosophy focuses on the practicality of Spinoza's thought. This is revealed through the subsidiary themes of ethics as an experimentalism, Spinoza's conception of freedom, and the social themes of politics, religion, and the environment. While the book focuses primarily on Spinoza's major work, the Ethics. It also draws on the Theological-Political Treatise, the Political Treatise, and Spinoza's correspondence.
- Paperback | 114 pages
- 152 x 224 x 12mm | 199.58g
- 30 Sep 2009
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
About Brent Adkins
Brent Adkins is associate professor of philosophy at Roanoke College.
A real strength of True Freedom is that it does not water down Spinoza's views beyond recognition in order to make them accessible. As a Spinoza specialist and a professor, I gleaned some really good ideas from the manuscript about how to present and explain some of Spinoza's more difficult ideas without completely losing my students. I could recommend the book to other specialists and teachers of early modern philosophy as a source of helpful pedagogical approaches. -- J. Thomas Cook Cook, Rollins College
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: Spinoza: A User's Guide Chapter 2 Chapter 1: The Curious Incident of the Rude Driver in the SUV Chapter 3 Chapter 2: What's Love Got to do with It? Chapter 4 Chapter 3: On not being oneself, or the Shmoopy Effect Chapter 5 Chapter 4: The Big Picture Chapter 6 Chapter 5: What is Mind? No matter. What is Matter? Never mind. Chapter 7 Chapter 6: True Freedom Chapter 8 Chapter 7: Bodies in Motion Chapter 9 Chapter 8: The Body Politic Chapter 10 Chapter 9: Religion Chapter 11 Chapter 10: The Environment Chapter 12 Conclusion: How to be a Spinozist in Three Easy Steps