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Spinoza and German Idealism

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Michael Della Rocca, Omri Boehm, Karl Ameriks, Michael Forster, Eckart Förster, Allen Wood, Johannes Haag, Dalia Nassar, Michael Vater, Yitzhak Y. Melamed, Dean Moyar, Gunnar Hinricks, Fred Beiser, Don Garrett
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  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107021983

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  • There can be little doubt that without Spinoza, German Idealism would have been just as impossible as it would have been without Kant. Yet the precise nature of Spinoza's influence on the German Idealists has hardly been studied in detail. This volume of essays by leading scholars sheds light on how the appropriation of Spinoza by Fichte, Schelling and Hegel grew out of the reception of his philosophy by, among others, Lessing, Mendelssohn, Jacobi, Herder, Goethe, Schleiermacher, Maimon and, of course, Kant. The volume thus not only illuminates the history of Spinoza's thought, but also initiates a genuine philosophical dialogue between the ideas of Spinoza and those of the German Idealists. The issues at stake – the value of humanity; the possibility and importance of self-negation; the nature and value of reason and imagination; human freedom; teleology; intuitive knowledge; the nature of God – remain of the highest philosophical importance today.

    • Traces the reception history of Spinoza's philosophy through key German Idealists
    • Discusses the philosophical debt which each of the key German idealists owes to Spinoza
    • Brings leading scholars of Early Modern thought and German Idealism into dialogue with each other
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    "...The breadth of ideas covered in this volume alone make it worthy of attention, and given that they have been so seldom studied in connection with German Idealism, this is an important reference text for scholars in the field.... this is a valuable addition to the literature..."
    --Henry Southgate, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Journal of the History of Philosophy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107021983
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Rationality, idealism, monism, and beyond Michael Della Rocca
    2. Kant's idea of the unconditioned and Spinoza's the fourth antinomy and the ideal of pure reason Omri Boehm
    3. The question is whether a purely apparent person is possible Karl Ameriks
    4. Herder and Spinoza Michael Forster
    5. Goethe's Spinozism Eckart Förster
    6. Fichte on freedom: the Spinozistic background Allen Wood
    7. Fichte on the consciousness of Spinoza's God Johannes Haag
    8. Spinoza in Schelling's early conception of intellectual intuition Dalia Nassar
    9. Schelling's philosophy of identity and Spinoza's ethica more geometrico Michael Vater
    10. 'Omnis determinatio est negatio' - determination, negation, and self-negation in Spinoza, Kant, and Hegel Yitzhak Y. Melamed
    11. Thought and metaphysics: Hegel's critical reception of Spinoza Dean Moyar
    12. Two models of metaphysical inferentialism: Spinoza and Hegel Gunnar Hinricks
    13. Trendelenburg and Spinoza Fred Beiser
    14. Replies on behalf of Spinoza Don Garrett.

  • Editors

    Eckart Förster, The Johns Hopkins University
    Eckart Förster is Professor of Philosophy, German and the Humanities at The Johns Hopkins University and Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the Humboldt Universität, Berlin. His most recent publications include The Twenty-Five Years of Philosophy (2012) and Kant's Final Synthesis (2000).

    Yitzhak Y. Melamed, The Johns Hopkins University
    Yitzhak Y. Melamed is Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Humanities at The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Spinoza's Metaphysics of Substance and Thought (forthcoming) and co-editor, with Michael A. Rosenthal, of Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise (2010).


    Michael Della Rocca, Omri Boehm, Karl Ameriks, Michael Forster, Eckart Förster, Allen Wood, Johannes Haag, Dalia Nassar, Michael Vater, Yitzhak Y. Melamed, Dean Moyar, Gunnar Hinricks, Fred Beiser, Don Garrett

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