Spinoza on Human Freedom: Reason, Autonomy and the Good Life

Spinoza on Human Freedom: Reason, Autonomy and the Good Life

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Matthew J. Kisner
Cambridge University Press, 2/10/2011
EAN 9780521198882, ISBN10: 0521198887

Hardcover, 274 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

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.

Abbreviations and translations
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
'the true freedom of man'