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Spinoza's Modernity
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Spinoza’s Modernity is a major, original work of intellectual history that reassesses the philosophical project of Baruch Spinoza, uncovers his influence on later thinkers, and demonstrates how that crucial influence on Moses Mendelssohn, G. E. Lessing, and Heinrich Heine shaped the development of modern critical thought. Excommunicated by his Jewish community, Spinoza was a controversial figure in his lifetime and for centuries afterward. Willi Goetschel shows how Spinoza’s philosophy was a direct challenge to the theological and metaphysical assumptions of modern European thought. He locates the driving force of this challenge in Spinoza’s Jewishness, which is deeply inscribed in his philosophy and defines the radical nature of his modernity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: The Scandal of Spinoza’s Jewishness
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. Part 1 Spinoza’s Modernity
  2. p. 21
  1. CHAPTER 1 The New Metaphysical Framework of Ontology
  2. pp. 23-32
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  1. CHAPTER 2 Understanding Understanding: Spinoza’s Epistemology
  2. pp. 33-44
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  1. CHAPTER 3 A Psychodynamic Theory of Affects
  2. pp. 45-52
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  1. CHAPTER 4 Spinoza’s Theory of Religion, Hermeneutic, and Tradition
  2. pp. 53-65
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  1. CHAPTER 5 A Noncontractual Theory of the Political Order
  2. pp. 66-81
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  1. Part 2 Spinoza through Mendelssohn
  2. p. 83
  1. CHAPTER 6 From the Margins of Philosophy: Mendelssohn’s Aesthetic Theory of Mixed Sentiments
  2. pp. 85-99
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  1. CHAPTER 7 The Exchange on Tragedy
  2. pp. 100-118
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  1. CHAPTER 8 Staking Out Grounds for Public Reason:
  2. pp. 119-132
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  1. CHAPTER 9 Framing Political Rights: Mendelssohn’s Preface to Ben Israel’s Vindication of the Jews
  2. pp. 133-146
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  1. CHAPTER 10 An Alternative Universalism:Jerusalem, or On Religious Power and Judaism
  2. pp. 147-169
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  1. CHAPTER 11 Rescuing Lessing: Mendelssohn’s Morgenstunden
  2. pp. 170-180
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  1. Part 3 Spinoza through Lessing
  2. p. 181
  1. CHAPTER 12 Lessing’s Spinozist Exercises
  2. pp. 183-195
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  1. CHAPTER 13 Toward a New Concept of Truth
  2. pp. 196-206
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  1. CHAPTER 14 The Secret of the Public: The Dialogues on Freemasonry, Ernst and Falk
  2. pp. 207-218
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  1. CHAPTER 15 Theorizing the Enlightenment: Spinoza in The Education of Mankind
  2. pp. 219-229
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  1. CHAPTER 16 Negotiating Truth: On Nathan’s Business
  2. pp. 230-250
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  1. Part 4 Spinoza’s New Place
  2. p. 251
  1. CHAPTER 17 Heine’s Dis/Enchantment of Hegel’s History of Philosophy
  2. pp. 253-265
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  1. CHAPTER 18 Tradition as Innovation in Heine's "Jehuda Ben Halevy": Counterhistory in a Spinozist Key
  2. pp. 266-276
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 279-324
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 325-344
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 345-351
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