Page of

Teleology vs. Imagined Ideal

Teleology vs. Imagined Ideal

Chapter:
(p.139) Five Teleology vs. Imagined Ideal
Source:
Maimonides and Spinoza
Author(s):
Joshua Parens
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226645766.003.0006

This chapter discusses the suspicion of some modern interpreters of Spinoza's and Maimonides's disenchantment with teleology. This is evidenced by the ambiguities in Spinoza's attack on teleology and the moderation of Maimonides's approach to it. However Spinoza understands human action, his turn toward conatus has led to an expectation of a nonteleological account of human action. Before turning to the details of the disputes about whether teleology is present in either Spinoza or Maimonides or both, this chapter considers the inferences drawn from the claim that they both equally eschew teleology. Warren Z. Harvey claims that both thinkers treat the human good as subjective and establish good and evil as the province of the imagination. It should also be determined here how these three claims, subjectivism, imagination as moral guide, and denial of teleology, are intimately connected with one another.

Keywords:   teleology, spinoza, maimonides, conatus, Warren Z. Harvey, subjectivism, imagination

Sign In

Copyright © 2021. All rights reserved.
Privacy Policy and Legal Notice