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    Creating rational understanding: Spinoza as a social epistemologist

    James, Susan (2011) Creating rational understanding: Spinoza as a social epistemologist. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 85 (1), pp. 181-199. ISSN 1467-8349.

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    Does Spinoza present philosophy as the preserve of an elite, while condemning the uneducated to a false though palliative form of ‘true religion’? Some commentators have thought so, but this contribution aims to show that they are mistaken. The form of religious life that Spinoza recommends creates the political and epistemological conditions for a gradual transition to philosophical understanding, so that true religion and philosophy are in practice inseparable.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2014 14:36
    Last Modified: 13 Nov 2014 14:36


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