Meaning in Spinoza’s Method [Book Review]

Review of Metaphysics 58 (2):434-436 (2004)
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Spinoza’s philosophy has bequeathed longstanding query and dispute regarding the meaning of several doctrines and elements of his system as well as the influences of his innovative, controversial project. Prominent among those debated aspects of Spinoza’s Ethics are its presentation in more geometrico and the goal toward which it purportedly directs us, a scientia intuitiva that will make us blessed, free, and eternal in some sense. In his book Meaning in Spinoza’s Method, Aaron Garrett maintains that the method and the goal of Spinoza’s Ethics are mutually informative: we can only properly understand Spinoza’s method by viewing it in light of its ethical goal, Spinoza’s aim to “transform readers”. In turn, in elucidating Spinoza’s method, we can gain greater insight into what he means by our eternity.

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