Spinoza in principle: ethics, affect, and friendship

La amistad y el amor como formas de empoderamiento en Spinoza.

Philosophy for change

Spinoza_3One hundred years ago, Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) was a famous philosopher, oft-quoted, well-respected, and notorious for his relationship with the religious authorities of his time. It is unclear why he fell out of fashion. We may have seen Spinoza’s statue in Amsterdam, or heard his name mentioned by this or that French philosopher, but of Spinoza himself, we know nothing. This is unfortunate seeing as Spinoza is one of the most practical and relevant philosophers there is. There are all sorts of ways that we can apply his philosophy today (as you’ve guessed I’m planning a series of posts on this theme). Henri Bergson, writing in the early 20th century, saw Spinoza as a philosopher of intuition. The Italian political theorist Antonio Negri has argued that Spinoza is the key to understanding globalization and the postmodern age.

This post will not explore the work of these thinkers. I want to focus on Spinoza himself.

oude_kerk_amsterdamSpinoza was the son of a Portuguese merchant…

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