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    Wanting to understand. Spinoza on the virtue of fortitudo

    James, Susan (2016) Wanting to understand. Spinoza on the virtue of fortitudo. In: UNSPECIFIED (ed.) Spinoza Research: To be continued. Voorschoten, Netherlands: Uitgeverij Spinozahuis, pp. 67-79. ISBN 9789490250218.

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    To become more free, Spinoza argues, we need to develop the virtue of fortitudo - the determination to enlarge our understanding and live as it dictates. In an era of post-factual politics, there is arguably a need for this virtue, and in this piece I examine Spinoza's account of the process by which it is acquired. As he sees it, I argue, the process is gradual and is always a collective one. Part of the task of politics is therefore to cultivate fortitudo.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Susan James
    Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2017 09:13
    Last Modified: 14 Jun 2021 19:47


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