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Spinoza on human freedom
Matthew J. Kisner

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Spinoza on human freedom
reason, autonomy and the good life
Matthew J. Kisner

Published 2011 by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge, UK, New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

"Spinoza was one of the most influential figures of the Enlightenment, but his often obscure metaphysics makes it difficult to understand the ultimate message of his philosophy. Although he regarded freedom as the fundamental goal of his ethics and politics, his theory of freedom has not received sustained, comprehensive treatment. Spinoza holds that we attain freedom by governing ourselves according to practical principles, which express many of our deepest moral commitments. Matthew J. Kisner focuses on this theory and presents an alternative picture of the ethical project driving Spinoza's philosophical system. His study of the neglected practical philosophy provides an accessible and concrete picture of what it means to live as Spinoza's ethics envisioned"--Provided by publisher.

Table of Contents

Introduction: beyond therapy
1. Freedom as rationality
2. Justifying Spinoza's conception of freedom
3. Autonomy and responsibility
4. Freedom and happiness
5. The good
6. The natural law
7. Benevolence
8. The free man
9. Rational deliberation
10. The character of freedom
11. The freedom of the citizen
Conclusion: 'the true freedom of man'.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 248-256) and index.


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Library of Congress
JC585 .K57 2011

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xi, 261 p. ;
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