Spinoza and the stoics by Miller, Jon; Spinoza, Benedictus de

By Miller, Jon; Spinoza, Benedictus de

For a few years, philosophers and different students have commented at the impressive similarity among Spinoza and the Stoics, with a few even going as far as to talk of 'Spinoza the Stoic'. beforehand, although, nobody has systematically tested the connection among the 2 platforms. In Spinoza and the Stoics Jon Miller takes in this job, exhibiting how key parts of Spinoza's metaphysics, epistemology, philosophical psychology, and ethics relate to their Stoic opposite numbers. Drawing on a wide-range of secondary literature together with the main updated scholarship and an in depth exam of the textual proof, Jon Miller not just finds the feel within which Spinoza was once, and used to be no longer, a Stoic, but additionally bargains new insights into how every one procedure can be understood in itself. His booklet can be of significant curiosity to students and scholars of historic philosophy, early sleek philosophy, Spinoza, and the philosophy of the Stoics

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In the intervening few days, an unknown numbers of volumes were removed by friends, perhaps to be sold in payment of some debts. For more, see Gullan-Whur (2000), 299 ff. I say significantly, because as I argue in Chapter 2, there is a possible instance of reception from Epictetus and Simplicius to Spinoza on the theory of phantasia/theory of ideas. This is item #116 in Alter (1965). Interestingly, there are three other works by Quevedo in the catalogue. For more on Quevedo, see the brief biography in Kraye (1997) and the book-length treatment of Ettinghausen (1972).

On the one hand, as Alan Gabbey has argued, the proportionate holding in a given subject tells us about the relative interest that the owner of the library had in that subject (see Gabbey (1996), 149). So, the fact that several of the books in Spinoza’s relatively small library are by Stoics or those sympathetic to Stoicism is significant. On the other hand, we cannot be sure what was actually in Spinoza’s library, since the list of his books was not compiled immediately on his death. In the intervening few days, an unknown numbers of volumes were removed by friends, perhaps to be sold in payment of some debts.

1, offers a lucid analysis of Kant’s stance vis-à-vis monism. To clarify my goal, I do not intend to break new ground here. Instead, I just want to provide a sketch of monism which will help us to understand Spinoza and the Stoics. , Horgan and Potrč (2012)). Schaffer offers a somewhat more accessible introduction to monism in Schaffer (2014; first edition published in 2007). The typology of Schaffer’s (2014) and the earlier (2007) edition have been much discussed. See James (1978). As I understand it, James’ so-called ʻneutral monismʼ is actually slightly different from the theory alluded to in this sentence, in that it is neutral (hence the name) about the nature of the single kind of stuff out of which all individuals are derived.

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