Essays on Spinoza's Ethical Theory

2014.09.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matthew J. Kisner and Andrew Youpa (eds.), Essays on Spinoza's Ethical Theory, Oxford University Press, 2014, 284pp., $99.00
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2014.09.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matthew J. Kisner and Andrew Youpa (eds.), Essays on Spinoza's Ethical Theory, Oxford University Press, 2014, 284pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199657537. Reviewed by Charlie Huenemann, Utah State University This volume presents a cohesive and engaging set of essays, all converging upon the significant question: was Spinoza frowning or smiling? That is, as Spinoza surveyed the wide range of human moral phenomena, did he merely bemoan our superstitious beliefs and ignorant behaviors? Or did he manage to see some of it as truly virtuous? But how can anything be virtuous, if all human actions are completely and thoroughly determined by an infinite substance that really doesn't give a damn what happens? We might single out Charles Jarrett's essay ("Spinozistic Constructivism") as forcefully presenting the challenges faced by anyone wishing to find genuine morality in Spinoza's philosophy. As Jarrett reads him --. . .

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