Benedict de Spinoza: An Introduction, Revised Edition by Henry E. Allison

By Henry E. Allison

From the rear conceal of this 254 web page ebook: "This hugely acclaimed ebook presents a basic creation to the lifestyles and works of 1 of the main philosophers of the 17th century. during this revised version, Henry E. Allison has rewritten the imperative chapters at the 'Ethics', taking into account an important fresh literature on Spinoza's metaphysics, epistemology, psychology, and ethical idea. this can be an outstanding normal creation to Spinoza's notion. Allison expounds Spinoza sympathetically, yet with out glossing over the problems. even though written in a manner which should still make it obtainable to undergraduates, his booklet additionally comprises a lot that may make it of curiosity to extra complex students." And "An exposition that's lucid and direct in addition to devoted to the tricky reasoning. with out both popularizing condescension, this presentation attains an exacting evaluation of the full philosophy, that is regularly significant and accurate."

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Kierkegaard views this abstract state of knowledge as a spiritless form of rebellion against the Good. Spiritlessness is not the conscious and earnest movement against the Good we will come to see as radical evil, but is a weak evasion and lack of earnestness toward one's existence, and one's relationship with the Good. Spiritlessness' conscious belief is that it is on the side of the Good, and assures itself that when enough knowledge has been gained, it will certainly act accordingly. As usual, these assurances are evasions.

It is the task of freedom to pick up this basis (for the spirit of evil provides a basis for the spirit of love) and be transformed through a self-positing which allows the good to be manifested through one's selfhood. In other words, we must awaken to the possibility of good and evil, and allow the good to arise out of this propensity to evil. Notes 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Immanuel Kant. Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals. Immanuel Kant: Philosophical Writings. Ed. Ernst Behler, pp.

20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. ' (Kant, 1986, p. 114 [my emphasis]). Kant, 1986, p. 115. Kant, 1986, p. 116 (my emphasis). Kant, 1986, p. 116 (my emphasis). Kant, 1986, p. 117. Kant, 1986, p. 117. Kant, 1986, p. 120. Kant, 1986, p. 120. John R. Silber. 'The Ethical Significance of Kant's Religion'. Introduction to Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone, pp. Ixxix—cxxxiv. New York: Harper, 1960, p. xciv. Silber, p. civ. Immanuel Kant. Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone.

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