Spinoza

Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

College of Arts and Law

Details

Code 20251

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1

Other pre-requisites 40 credits of philosophy

Module description

After presenting a general historical background which stresses the new philosophical problems generated by the rise of modern natural science in the context of traditional conceptions of substance, the module covers the five parts of Spinoza's Ethics in sequence, exploring Spinoza's views on God and substance, his theories of "adequate knowledge", freedom and the origin of the emotions, and his conception of human virtue and blessedness as the "intellectual love of God".