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Spinoza on Reason

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2019.04.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael LeBuffe, Spinoza on Reason, Oxford University Press, 2018, 217pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190845803. Reviewed by John Grey, Michigan State University Even the most die-hard Spinozist will admit that it's not always clear how Spinoza's various claims about reason -- about its nature, its power, and its limits -- are supposed to fit together. On the face of it, many of his different uses of the term 'reason' have little in common with one another. When he sets out the metaphysical foundations of his system, the reason for something is just its cause. But then, in his treatment of epistemology, 'reason' refers to a certain sort of theoretical knowledge that we have -- for example, that all things share in certain universal logical, mathematical, or physical properties. Yet again, in his ethical theory, 'reason' refers to a body of practical knowledge,... Read More

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