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    by Routledge

    This title was first published in 2002. This collection of essays aims to present a wide range of interpretations of central themes in Spinoza's philosophy. Philosophical interpretations of Spinoza divide into three general categories. The first sets Spinoza within what is taken to be his historical context. Special emphasis is laid here on aspects of his teaching that seem to bear the influence of Spinoza's own education (and self-education), either through concepts assimilated into his own thinking, or those he undertook to refute and displace. A second interpretative approach uses analytical tools in an attempt to reconstruct Spinozistic issues and theories critically. Finally, there are philosophers who explore Spinoza's texts in their own terms, attempting to present a coherent picture of one or more aspects of Spinoza's teaching. Given the broad span of issues with which Spinoza deals, the latter is often the most difficult track to follow. The 25 articles in this collection exemplify these three attitudes to Spinoza interpretation, though most avail themselves of more than one. In making the selection the editors preferred studies that treat their subject as a viable, endurable philosophical issue, whether the writer accepts Spinoza's presentation or highlights his difficulties. On each issue the articles critically analyze the texts, rather than simply portraying the Spinozistic ideas they express.

    Acknowledgements, Series Preface, Introduction, PART I. BASIC METAPHYSICAL ISSUES, 1. 'The Identity of Thought and Object in Spinoza', Journal of the History of Philosophy, 16, pp. 271-88, 2. 'Causation and Spinoza's Claim of Identity', History of Philosophy Quarterly, 8, pp. 265-76, 3. 'Spinoza's Demonstration of Monism: A New Line of Defense', History of Philosophy Quarterly, 13, pp. 299-316, 4. 'Spinoza's Causal Likeness Principle', Philosophy Research Archives, XI, pp. 453-62, 5. 'On the Problem of Infinite Modes', in Yirmiyahu Yovel (ed.), God and Nature: Spinoza's Metaphysics (Spinoza by 2000, Vol. 1), Leiden: E.J. Brill, pp. 97-118, 6. 'Spinoza's Temporal Argument for Actual ism', Philosophy Research Archives, XIV, pp. 303-09, PART II. KNOWLEDGE, TRUTH AND ERROR, 7. 'Spinoza 's Theory of Ideas', Philosophical Review, LXXX, pp. 338-59, 8. 'Ideas of Ideas and Certainty in the Tractatus de lntellectus Emendatione and in the Ethics', in Yirmiyahu Yovel (ed.), Spinoza on Knowledge and the Human Mind (Spinoza by 2000, Vol. 2), Leiden: E.J. Brill, pp. 83-91, 9. 'Spinoza on Truth', Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 72, pp. 1-16, 10. 'Spinoza on Error', Philosophical Papers, XV, pp.59-73, 11. 'The Second Kind of Knowledge and the Removal of Error', in Yirmiyahu Yovel (ed.), Spinoza on Knowledge and the Human Mind (Spinoza by 2000, Vol. 2), Leiden: E.J. Brill, pp. 93-110, 12. 'Spinoza's Distinction between Rational and Intuitive Knowledge', Philosophical Review, LXXXVII, pp. 241-52, 13. ‘Infinite Understanding, Scientia Intuitiva, and Ethics 1.16’, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 8, pp. 181-91, PART III. ANTHROPOLOGY AND ETHICS, 14. ‘Spinoza’s Denial of Mind-Body Interaction and the Explanation of Human Action’, Southern Journal o f Philosophy, XXIX, pp. 465-85, 15. ‘Tanquam Naturae Humanae Exemplar: Spinoza on Human Nature’, The Modern Schoolman, LXVIII, pp. 291-303, 16. ‘Spinoza’s Individualism Reconsidered: Some Lessons from the Short Treatise on God, Man, and His Well-Being’, lyyun, The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly, 47, pp. 265-92, 17. ‘Beyond Subjectivity: Spinoza’s Cognitivism of the Emotions’, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, 8, pp. 1-19, 18. ‘The Materiality of Morals: Mind, Body and Interests in Spinoza’s “Ethics” ’, Studia Spinozana, 1, pp. 69-92, 19. ‘Spinoza on the Knowledge of Good and Evil’, Philosophia, 1, pp. 15-44, PART IV. SALVATION AND THE MIND’S ETERNITY, 20. ‘Knowledge, Anthropocentrism and Salvation’, Studia Spinozana, 9, pp. 247-61, 21. ‘Did Spinoza Lie to his Landlady?’, Studia Spinozana, 11, pp. 15-37, 22. ‘Spinoza’s Theory of Human Immortality’, Monist, 55, pp. 668-85, 23. ‘Spinoza’s Theory of the Eternity of the Mind’, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, XI, pp. 35-68, PART V. RELIGION AND POLITICS, 24. ‘Spinoza: The Psychology of the Multitude and the Uses of Language’, Studia Spinozana, 1, pp. 305-33, 25. ‘Why Spinoza Chose the Hebrews: The Exemplary Function of Prophecy in the Theological-Political Treatise ’, History of Political Thought, XVIII, pp. 207-41, Name Index


    Gideon Segal, Yirmiahu Yovel