Spinoza’s Dream [6]

Aan de reeks over “Spinoza’s droom” die ik in januari van dit jaar had [cf. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5] kan een 6e blog worden toegevoegd met het verschijnen van dit boek waarop Ferdie Fluitsma me wees (hoewel ik nog niet in de gaten kon krijgen waarop met de titel ervan precies wordt gedoeld; ik kon er in de inleiding niets over vinden):


David Weissman, Spinoza's Dream, On Nature and Meaning, de Gruyter, april 2016

De inleiding begint aldus:

Meaning (significance) and nature are this book’s principal topics. They seem an odd couple, like raisins and numbers, though they elide when meanings of a global sort—ideologies and religions, for example—promote ontologies that subordinate nature. Setting one against the other makes reality contentious. It signifies workmates and a coal face to miners, gluons to physicists, prayer and redemption to priests.

Are there many realities, or many perspectives on one? The answer I prefer is the comprehensive naturalism anticipated by Aristotle and Spinoza: "natura naturans, natura naturata." Nature naturing is an array of mutually conditioning material processes in spacetime. Each structure or event—storm clouds forming, nature natured—is self-differentiating, self-stabilizing, and sometimes self-disassembling; each alters or transforms a pre-existing state of affairs. This surmise anticipated discoveries and analyses to which neither thinker had access, though physics and biology confirm their hypothesis beyond reasonable doubt.

Books.google laat de hele inleiding en een groot deel van het eerste hoofdstuk lezen.