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Spinoza and the Cunning of Imagination

Eugene Garver


The Ethics starts with God, and Part 1 gradually descends from God through its infinite modes to the individual—the finite modes—including individual human beings. The rest is spent showing how the individual can return to God, finally uniting with God in the intellectual love of God. In between God and the intellectual love of God, or human freedom, lies the argument of the Ethics and the career and destiny of human beings. Readers have puzzled over how freedom is possible in a causally determined world. Through the plot of the Ethics, its readers move from being subjects of the geometric met ... More

Keywords: geometric method, human nature, God, freedom, imagination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226575568
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226575735.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eugene Garver, author
Saint John's University