Collective Imaginings: Spinoza, Past and Present

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 169 pages
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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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Contents

PART
8
Spinozas imagination
11
Spinozas freedom
41
Reimagining responsibility
58
Theology politics and norms
87
Freedom authority and difference
114
Responsibility and the past
136
Notes
150
Index
160
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