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The Life of Reason

Steven Nadler

in Spinoza's Heresy

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199247073
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598074 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199247072.003.0006
 The Life of Reason

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Looks at the broader moral and political aspects of Spinoza's denial of immortality. This includes his ideas on religion, superstition, ecclesiastic influence in political affairs, and especially the passions of hope and fear that the doctrine of immortality feeds. The denial of immorality is central to Spinoza's overall philosophical and political project. There is also a discussion of Spinoza's approach to the theodicy question and the way in which his denial of immortality is a critique of one particular way in Jewish thought of approaching the problem of evil.

Keywords: evil; fear; hope; immortality; passion; politics; religion; Spinoza; superstition; theodicy

Chapter.  10333 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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