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Spinoza on Learning to Live Together

Susan James


Philosophizing, as Spinoza conceives it, is the project of learning to live joyfully. But this is also a matter of learning to live together, and the surest manifestation of philosophical insight is the capacity to sustain harmonious ways of life. The essays gathered here defend this overall interpretation of Spinoza’s philosophy and explore its bearing on contemporary philosophical debates. Part I focuses on Spinoza’s epistemology. Philosophical understanding empowers us by giving us access to truths about ourselves and the world, and by motivating us to act on them. It gives us reasons for l ... More

Keywords: Spinoza, philosophizing, living together, understanding, cooperation, nature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198713074
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198713074.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan James, author
Birkbeck College London