Collective Imaginings: Spinoza, Past and Present
Why would the work of the 17th century philosopher Benedict de Spinoza concern us today? How can Spinoza shed any light on contemporary thought? In this book, Moira Gatens and Genevieve Lloyd show us that in spite of, or rather because of, Spinoza's apparent strangeness, his philosophy can be a rich resource for cultural self-understanding in the present. The text draws on re-assessments of the philosophy of Spinoza to develop new ways of conceptualizing issues of freedom and difference. We can apply these newly contextualized theories to contemporary issues such as environmental debates, issues of feminism, our conception of democracy, and the idea of the individual and the community.
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