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Reconceiving Spinoza

Author: Samuel Newlands
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018.
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Samuel Newlands presents a sweeping new interpretation of Spinoza's metaphysical system and the way in which his metaphysics shapes, and is shaped by, his moral program. Engaging with contemporary metaphysics and ethics, Newlands reveals just how exciting and vibrant Spinoza's philosophical outlook remains for philosophers today.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
[Place of publication not identified] : OXFORD UNIV PRESS, 2018
Named Person: Benedictus de Spinoza; Benedictus de Spinoza
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Newlands
ISBN: 9780192549358 0192549359 9780191858789 0191858781
OCLC Number: 1036986344
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Reconceiving Spinoza; Copyright; Dedication; Acknowledgments; Contents; Introduction; 1. Spinoza Studies Today; 2. A Quick Plunge; 3. A Roadmap; 1: The Desiderata of Perfection; 1. Lust's Challenge; 2. Parsimony; 3. Plenitude; 3.1 The Nature of Attributes, Modes, and Expressing; 3.2 Intra-Attribute Mode Plenitude; 4. The Limits of the PSR; 5. The Metaphysics of Perfection, Then and Now; 2: Spinoza's Conceptualist Strategy; 1. Trouble in the Spinozistic Paradise; 2. The Conceptual to the Rescue; 3. A Pernicious Relativism?; 3: Conceptual Dependence Monism; 1. The Task of Metaphysics 2. The Case for CDM2.1 Causation; 2.2 In; 2.3 Following-from; 2.4 Conceptual Involvement; 2.5 Eliminativism and the Nature of Grounding; 2.6 Collapsing Causation and Inherence; 3. Motivating CDM; 4: Spinoza's Metaphysics of Modality; 1. Warm-up: Contingency, Necessity, and Conceptual Sensitivity; 2. Spinoza's Conceptualist Account of Modality; 2.1 The Nature of God's Necessity; 2.2 The Nature of Modality for Modes; 3. The Distribution of Modality; 4. Spinoza's Modal Pessimism; 5: A Conceptualist Account of Essences; 1. Essences as Explanatory Powers; 2. Spinoza's Either/Or 3. A "Hopeless" Problem and Spinoza's Conceptualist Solution3.1 The Essences of Substance; 3.2 The Essences of Modes Across Attributes; 3.3 The Essences of Modes Within an Attribute; 6: Elusive Individuals; 1. Individuals, Parts, and Wholes; 2. Spinoza's Causal Answers; 3. A Conceptual Condition; 4. Too Much of a Good Thing?; 7: Ethics, Motivation, and Egoism; 1. Spinoza's Psychological Ethics; 1.1 Desires and Values; 1.2 The Guidance of Reason; 1.3 Models and Ethical Instruction; 2. Moral Motivation; 3. Egoism Reconceived; 8: Moral Transformation and Self-Transcendence 1. Spinoza's Practical Privileging2. Moral Transformation Reconceived; 3. The New You!; 9: The Nature of the Conceptual; 1. The Threat of Idealism; 2. Rejecting Mentalism; 3. Attribute Neutrality; 4. Spinoza's Unfinished Task; Bibliography; Primary Texts; Spinoza; Arnauld and Nicole; Descartes; Hegel; Hobbes; Leibniz; Malebranche; Suarez; Wolff; Other Works Cited; Index of Subjects; Index of Ethics Citations
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