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Spinoza and the Politics of Freedom

Dan Taylor

Abstract

Taking as its starting point the formative role of fear in Spinoza’s thought, this book argues that Spinoza’s vision of human freedom and power is realised socially and collectively. It presents a new critical study of the collectivist Spinoza, wherein we can become freer through desire, friendship, the imagination, and transforming the social institutions that structure a given community. A freedom for one and all, attuned to the vicissitudes of human life and the capabilities of each one of us to live up to the demands and constraints of our limited autonomy. It repositions Spinoza as the ce ... More

Keywords: Spinoza, freedom, desire, affect, collective power, resistance, early modern philosophy, early modern Europe, history of ideas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474478397
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474478397.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan Taylor, author
The Open University

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