Spinoza, de meester van het nihilisme en het staren in de leegte

Harold Skulsky: Starring into the Void. Spinoza, the Master of Nihilism. University of Delaware Press, c/o Associated University Press, 2009

Ik ontving een tip over dit boek. Nu kan ik niet alle boeken over Spinoza hier signaleren, maar dit heeft wel een zeer intrigerende titel en vooral ondertitel. Maar de opvallende cartoon (Spinoza als de vlieg in de pispot...) is al genoeg aanleiding om het signalement hier door te geven.

Het is maar hoe je tegen dat 'nihilisme' zoals Jacobi de term n.a.v. Spinoza muntte aankijkt: bezorgd (zoals Jacobi) of blij en tevreden (dat de waarheid eindelijk eens onthuld is: dat er niet méér is...).

Hier de uitgeverstekst:

Drawing extensively on the whole range of Spinoza’s philosophical writing, Staring into the Void devotes twelve chapters to showing in detail how the architecture of reality as Spinoza saw it rises in stages from a theory of being (the existence of only One Real Thing) to prophetically modern theories of the physical world (actual or possible), of causal law, of perceptual and intuitive knowledge, of determinism (and the kind of freedom that is compatible with determinism), of the roots of human motivation, and of the kinds of civil society that human nature is capable of sustaining.

Professor Skulsky tries to disarm the justifiably skeptical reader by showing why Spinoza’s thesis about the One Real Thing is as arguable as it is outrageous. The Spinoza of this intellectual portrait is a bleaker and more subversive figure than the hero of Enlightenment humanism now in general circulation.

 

Harold Skulsky is the Mary Augusta Jordan Professor of English Language and Literature Emeritus at Smith College and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Hofstra University.

 

Een korte 'review'

Professor of English Language and Literature Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy Harold Skulsky presents Staring into the Void: Spinoza, Master of Nihilism, an in-depth examination of Spinoza's vision of reality, broken down into twelve stages. Spinoza's remarkable vision of God and society are explained step-by-step, from his "monism" claim that there is only one thing or "substance", to the concept of "attributes" and why God's "attributes" are infinitely many, to his dismissal of moral realism in favor of a more strictly biological theory of human nature and the societies that human nature can make, to Spinoza's view of politics and support of federal democracy. Extensive notes and an index round out this meticulously scholarly work, especially recommended for anyone studying Spinoza at length, as well as college library philosophy collections. [hier] 

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Professor of English Language and Literature Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy Harold Skulsky presents Staring into the Void: Spinoza, Master of Nihilism, an in-depth examination of Spinoza's vision of reality, broken down into twelve stages. Spinoza's remarkable vision of God and society are explained step-by-step, from his "monism" claim that there is only one thing or "substance", to the concept of "attributes" and why God's "attributes" are infinitely many, to his dismissal of moral realism in favor of a more strictly biological theory of human nature and the societies that human nature can make, to Spinoza's view of politics and support of federal democracy. Extensive notes and an index round out this meticulously scholarly work, especially recommended for anyone studying Spinoza at length, as well as college library philosophy collections.

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