Jewish Themes in Spinoza's Philosophy

Front Cover
Heidi M. Ravven, Lenn E. Goodman
SUNY Press, May 2, 2002 - Philosophy - 290 pages
0 Reviews
Breaking new ground in the study of Spinoza's philosophy, the essays in this volume explore the extent to which Spinoza may be considered a Jewish thinker. The rich diversity of Spinoza scholarship today is represented here by a wide range of intellectual methods and scholarly perspectives—from Jewish philosophy and history, to Cartesian-analytic and Continental-Marxist streams of interpretation, to the disciplines of political science and intellectual history. Two questions underlie all the essays: How and in what measure is Spinoza's a Jewish philosophy, and what is its impact on the project of Jewish philosophy as a living enterprise now and for the future? The contributors' varied perspectives afford a highly nuanced vision of the multifaceted Judaic tradition itself, as refracted through the Spinozist lens. What draws them together is the quest for enduring insights that emerge from the philosophy of Spinoza.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Selected pages

Contents

Introduction
3
What Does Spinozas Ethics Contribute to Jewish Philosophy?
17
Metaphysics
91
Love of God in Spinoza
93
Spinozas Metaphysical Hebraism
107
Maimonides Spinoza and the Problem of Creation
115
That Hebrew Word Spinoza and the Concept of the Shekhinah
131
Theology and Epistemology
145
Maimonides Spinoza and the Book of Job
147
Spinozas Rupture with Tradition His Hints of a Jewish Modernity
187
Why Spinoza Chose the Hebrews The Exemplary Function of Prophecy in the TheologicalPolitical Treatise
225
The Historical Setting
261
Spinozas Excommunication
263
About the Contributors
281
Index
283
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (2002)

Heidi M. Ravven is Professor of Religious Studies at Hamilton College.

Lenn E. Goodman is Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of many books, including Jewish and Islamic Philosophy: Crosspollinations in the Classic Age, and the editor of Neoplatonism and Jewish Thought, also from SUNY Press.

Bibliographic information