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Reconceiving Spinoza

Reconceiving Spinoza

by Samuel Newlands


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Samuel Newlands provides a sweeping new account of Spinoza's metaphysical system and the way it shapes and is shaped by his moral project. Newlands also shows how Spinoza can be read fruitfully alongside recent developments in contemporary analytic philosophy. According to Newlands, conceptual relations form the backbone of Spinoza's explanatory project and enable him to do everything from reconciling monism and diversity to motivating altruism within egoism. Spinoza's conceptualism culminates in his call to a radical form of self-transcendence. Readers will be invited to reconceive not only Spinoza's project, but also the world and perhaps even themselves along the way.

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ISBN-13: 9780198817260
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,078,808
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Samuel Newlands is William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Collegiate Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He the author of numerous articles on early modern philosophy and the co-editor (with Larry Jorgensen) of both Metaphysics and the Good (OUP 2009) and New Essays on
Leibniz's Theodicy (OUP 2014).

Table of Contents

1. The Desiderata of Perfection
2. Spinoza's Conceptualist Strategy
3. Conceptual Dependence Monism
4. Spinoza's Metaphysics of Modality
5. A Conceptualist Account of Essences
6. Elusive Individuals
7. Ethics, Motivation and Egoism
8. Moral Transformation and Self-Transcendence
9. The Nature of the Conceptual

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