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    Spinoza's Political Psychology: The Taming of Fortune and Fear
    Philosophical Quarterly 71 (1): 211-214. 2021.
    Spinoza's Political Psychology: The Taming of Fortune and Fear. By Steinberg Justin.
  • 10 engaging and original essays argue that Spinoza is the interdisciplinary thinker for our times.This book brings Spinoza outside the realm of academic philosophy, and presents him as a thinker who is relevant to contemporary problems and questions across a variety of disciplines.Discover how Spinoza's theory of bodies transforms our understanding of music, and how it grounds "collective subjectivity" in contemporary politics. Learn how Spinoza's idea of freedom was instrumental to the Haitian …Read more
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    Are we morally equal by nature?
    Forum for European Philosophy Blog. 2015.
    Beth Lord explores Spinoza’s rejection of natural moral equality and its relevance for modern democracy.
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    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 28 (4): 673-673. 2020.
    Volume 28, Issue 4, July 2020, Page 673-673.
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    Spinoza and architectural thinking
    Intellectual History Review 30 (3): 489-504. 2020.
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    The Concept of Equality in Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (2): 367-386. 2016.
    Spinoza recognizes that in a democracy, ideals of freedom and equality shape our thoughts about ourselves as human beings. This paper examines Spinoza’s concept of equality in the Theological-Political Treatise, and considers its complexi­ties and ambiguities in light of his theories of freedom and democracy there and in the Ethics. Because Spinoza takes human beings to have unequal power, he does not believe we are naturally or intrinsically equal. Nor does he think equality is good in itself. …Read more
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    Spinoza's Ethics
    Indiana University Press. 2010.
    Baruch Spinoza was born in Amsterdam during a period of unprecedented scientific, artistic, and intellectual discovery. Upon its release, Spinoza’s Ethics was banned; today it is the quintessential example of philosophical method. Although acknowledged as difficult, the book is widely taught in philosophy, literature, history, and politics. This introduction is designed to be read side by side with Spinoza's work. As a guide to the style, vocabulary, and arguments of the Ethics, it offers a rang…Read more
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    ‘Disempowered by Nature’: Spinoza on The Political Capabilities of Women
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (6). 2011.
    This paper examines Spinoza's remarks on women in the Political Treatise in the context of his views in the Ethics about human community and similitude. Although these remarks appear to exclude women from democratic participation on the basis of essential incapacities, I aim to show that Spinoza intended these remarks not as true statements, but as prompts for critical consideration of the place of women in the progressive democratic polity. In common with other scholars, I argue that women, in …Read more