Healing the Mind: The Philosophy of Spinoza Adapted for a New Age

Voorkant
Susquehanna University Press, 2003 - 253 pagina's
Spinoza's philosophy constitutes a system of spiritual psychotherapy which is as elegant as it is profound. From metaphysical first principles, Spinoza derives a practical therapy which is surprisingly consonant with modern psychotherapies. Yet, until now, his wisdom has been largely inaccessible, partly because most professional philosophers are not sympathetic to spirituality, and hence they fail to understand the depth of Spinoza's teachings, and partly because those who would be interested in spiritual psychotherapy cannot penetrate the cumbersome seventeenth-century philosophical jargon. Healing the Mind is largely free from technical jargon, and, for the first time, makes Spinoza's unique philosophy accessible to anyone interested in spirituality and psychotherapy; a series of "exercises, " embedded in the text, invites the reader to apply Spinoza's philosophy to his or her personal life.
 

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Foreword
7
Introduction
13
Metaphysics
19
The Mind
63
Desire and Emotion
97
Freedom from Bondage
155
Transcendence
212
List of Exercises
248
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Over de auteur (2003)

Huston Cummings Smith was born in Suzhou, China on May 31, 1919 to Methodist missionaries. He attended Central Methodist University and was ordained a Methodist minister. He soon realized that he would rather teach than preach. He received a Ph.D. in 1945 from the University of Chicago. He taught at several universities including the University of Denver, the Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Chicago Divinity School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley. He wrote numerous books during his lifetime including The Religions of Man (the textbook title was later changed to The World's Religions), Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals, and Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine. In 1955, he turned his popular college lectures into a series of programs on world religions for the National Educational Television network. In 1996, he was the focus of a five-part PBS series entitled The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith. He died on December 30, 2016 at the age of 97.

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