Spinoza, Past and Present
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Collective Imaginings by Professor Moira Gatens
Book DescriptionWhy would the work of the 17th century philosopher Benedict de Spinoza concern us today? How can Spinoza shed any light on contemporary thought? In this intriguing book, Moira Gatens and Genevieve Lloyd show us that in spite of or rather because of Spinoza's apparent strangeness, his philosophy can be a rich resource for cultural self-understanding in the present. Collective Imaginings draws on recent re-assessments of the philosophy of Spinoza to develop new ways of conceptualising issues of freedom and difference. This ground-breaking study will be invaluable reading to anyone wishing to gain a fresh perspective on Spinoza's thought.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415165709
(216mm x 138mm x 19mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Jul-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Vagueness, Logic and Ontology, Hardback (July 2008)
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Examines the extent of the idea of the 'decisive moment', in which an individual's entire life-project is open to a radical reorientation.
Protagoras and the Challenge of Relativism, Hardback (October 2007)» View all books by Professor Moira Gatens
Protagoras was an important Greek thinker of the fifth century BC, the most famous of the so called Sophists, though most of what we know of him comes through the dialogues of his strenuous opponent Plato. This book offers an examination of Protagoras' thought for modern readers: his role as the first Western thinker to argue for relativism.
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