Originally published in 1978. These essays are written by distinguished philosophers from many countries and were published as a homage to Spinoza in the year which marked the three-hundredth anniversary of his death.
A special feature of the book is that it includes a recently discovered letter by Spinoza, reproduced for the first time in English and in facsimile, with a commentary. The controversial influence of Spinoza on Freud is discussed, and illustrated by facsimile reproductions of original letters, hitherto unknown to Freudians and Spinozists alike. These letters direct revealing light on some of Freud’s attitudes. Important parallels between East and West will also attract the student of Spinoza.
Table of Contents
Foreword Huston Smith. Pathfinders Pointing the Rare Way for Pathseekers arranged and adapted by Siegfried Hessing. Prologue with Spinozana: Parallels via East and West Siegfried Hessing 1. Psychotherapeutic Principles in Spinoza’s Ethics. Walter Bernard 2. On Relationships Between Psychoanalysis and a Dynamic Psychology Lothar Bickel 3. Necessity and freedom reflections on texts by Spinoza Emilia Giancotti Boscherini 4. Spinoza and the Kabbalah Henry Walter Brann 5. Interpreting Spinoza: A Paradigm for Historical Work James Collins 6. Spinoza: As an Expositor of Descartes Edwin Curley 7. Spinoza: My Paean Will Durant 8. Is Spinoza an Ethical Naturalist? Paul D. Eisenberg 9. Reality or Perfection Guttorm Fløistad 10. Spinoza: As Europe’s answer to China German Seminar, Peking 11. Individuality and Society in Spinoza’s Mind Joaquim Cerqueira Goncalves 12. The Cosmic Creed and Spinoza’s Third Mode of Knowledge Klaus Hammacher 13. Finite and Infinite in Spinoza’s System Errol E. Harris 14. L’Echo de Spinoza dans la Littérature Néerlandaise Roger Henrard 15. Freud’s Relation with Spinoza Siegfried Hessing 16. Proton Axioma Kai Proton Pseudos Siegfried Hessing 17. The Logical and Experiential Roots of Spinoza’s Mysticism: An Answer to Jon Wetlesen H. G. Hubbeling 18. Spinoza and Chuang-Tzu Hu-Shih 19. On the Infinity of Spinoza’s Attributes George L. Kline 20. Uber die Staatslehre Spinozas Kudo Kisaku 21. Femmes et Serviteurs dans la Démocratie Spinoziste Alexandre Matheron 22. Spinoza and Christian Thought: A Challenge Robert Misrahi 23. Spinoza and Ecology Arne Naess 24. Letter from Spinoza to Lodewijk Meyer, 26 July 1663 A. K. Offenberg 25. Spinoza et la Révélation PhiIosophique Jean Préposiet 26. Spinozism and Japan Hiroshi Saito 27. La Méthode et le Donné Reiko Shimizu 28. The Spinoza Houses at Rijnsburg and The Hague Guido van Suchtelen 29. Body Awareness as a Gateway to Eternity: A Note on the Mysticism of Spinoza and its Affinity to Buddhist Meditation Jon Wetlesen 30. On Translating Spinoza Paul Wienpahl 31. Spinoza: the Outsider Colin Wilson 32. Spinoza et L’état des Hébreux Sylvain Zac. Epilogue: Ban Invalid After Death Siegfried Hessing