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Spinoza and the Cunning of Imagination$
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Eugene Garver

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226575568

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226575735.001.0001

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False Pleasures and Romantic Love

False Pleasures and Romantic Love

(p.107) Chapter 4 False Pleasures and Romantic Love
Spinoza and the Cunning of Imagination

Eugene Garver

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 4 explores a specific pathology of the human imagination, that of romantic love. The cunning of imagination appears here: romantic love is a parody of devotion to God. In contrast to the universal creed of the TTP, which is a set of imaginative ideas that bring people together in a community of justice and charity, romantic love is not a stepping-stone to such devotion but a distraction from it. People have a more powerful imagination than other beings, but that power does not always benefit those who possess it. That is why ethical progress will never be smooth.

Keywords:   romantic love, pleasure, pain

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