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Spinoza and the Politics of Renaturalization
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Spinoza and the Politics of Renaturalization

Hasana Sharp

Abstract

There have been many Spinozas over the centuries: atheist, romantic pantheist, great thinker of the multitude, advocate of the liberated individual, and rigorous rationalist. The common thread connecting all of these clashing perspectives is Spinoza’s naturalism, the idea that humanity is part of nature, not above it. This interpretation of Spinoza’s iconoclastic philosophy draws on his uncompromising naturalism to rethink human agency, ethics, and political practice. It uses Spinoza to outline a practical wisdom of “renaturalization,” showing how ideas, actions, and institutions are never mer ... More

Keywords: atheist, romantic pantheist, Spinoza, naturalism, iconoclastic philosophy, human agency, ethics, renaturalization, natural forces

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226750743
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226750750.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hasana Sharp, author