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Meaning in Spinoza's Method

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ISBN-10: 0521039509

ISBN-13: 9780521039505

Edition: 2007

Authors: Aaron V. Garrett

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Readers of Spinozas philosophy have often been daunted, and sometimes been enchanted, by the geometrical method which he employs in his philosophical masterpiece the Ethics. In Meaning in Spinoza's Method Aaron Garrett examines this method and suggests that its purpose, in Spinozas view, was not just to present claims and propositions but also in some sense to change the readers and allow them to look at themselves and the world in a different way. His discussion draws not only on Spinozas works but also on those of the philosophers who influenced Spinoza most strongly, including Hobbes, Descartes, Maimonides and Gersonides. This original and controversial book will be of interest to historians of philosophy and to anyone interested in the relation between form and content in philosophical works.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Aaron Garrett is Assistant Professor at Boston University. He has contributed to a number of publications and is the editor of Francis Hutcheson, An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections (2002) and Animal Rights and Souls in the Eighteenth Century (2000).

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Texts and editions
Introduction
A worm in the blood: some central themes in Spinoza's Ethics
A few further basic concepts
Emendative therapy and the Tractatus de Intellectus Emendatione
Method: analysis and synthesis
Maimonides and Gersonides
Definitions in Spinoza's Ethics: where they come from and what they are for
The third kind of knowledge and 'our' eternity
Bibliography
Index of passages referred to and cited
General index