Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Spinoza and the Cunning of Imagination$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Eugene Garver

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226575568

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226575735.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 26 October 2021

Conflicts among Emotions, among Ideas, and among People

Conflicts among Emotions, among Ideas, and among People

(p.141) Chapter 5 Conflicts among Emotions, among Ideas, and among People
Spinoza and the Cunning of Imagination

Eugene Garver

University of Chicago Press

In Chapter 5 the cunning of imagination takes the form of akrasia, the specifically human predicament of having knowledge without being able to act on it. if truth doesn’t make us more powerful and more free, then akrasia is a frustrating and painful experience, and so decreases our power. The first place we can see inadequate and adequate ideas, finite and infinite, interacting, is the unhappy condition of reason being overpowered by passive emotions. Truth and power do not line up as we would like. Their correct alignment has to be achieved because it is not a given, and that achievement occupies the final two parts of the Ethics.

Keywords:   sociability, akrasia, power, pleasure, pain

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.