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Spinoza and the Cunning of Imagination

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2019.04.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eugene Garver, Spinoza and the Cunning of Imagination, University of Chicago Press, 2018, 307pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780226575568. Reviewed by Charlie Huenemann, Utah State University Spinoza's Ethics stands as something like a geometrical monolith promising philosophical truth that is cold, hard, and unchanging. It is written with such unflinching confidence that when readers note that 2p13 doesn't quite fit with 5p23, or that 5p35 runs up against 3p13s, they suspect the problem is with themselves and not with Spinoza's timeless vision. The austere style of the work, with its invocation of Euclid's unchanging realm, leads us to think that any adequate interpretation must meet the challenge of making everything in it come out as true all at once. The central aim of Eugene Garver's book is to challenge this view of the Ethics as an unchanging monolith. "I read the... Read More

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