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    The affective cost of philosophical self-transformation

    James, Susan (2020) The affective cost of philosophical self-transformation. In: James, Susan (ed.) Spinoza on Learning to Live Together. Taylor and Francis. ISBN 9780198713074.

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    Abstract

    Some early-modern philosophers portray a perfectly philosophical way of life as a condition approaching the divine. The philosopher becomes as like God as a human being can, and in doing so experiences unparalleled and unalloyed joy. Spinoza advocates a version of this view and defends it with impressive consistency. To suggest that the process of philosophical enlightenment involves any affective cost, he argues, is simply to display a lack of understanding, and thus to fall short of the insight and joy that understanding ultimately yields. Nevertheless, something seems to be missing. I turn to a pair of novels by J. M. Coetzee to elucidate a significant though suppressed form of emotional loss that is integral to Spinoza’s image of the philosophical life.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Spinoza, David Sedley, Plato, Coetzee, Jesus Christ, self-transformation, affective loss
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Philosophy
    Depositing User: Susan James
    Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2018 09:49
    Last Modified: 01 Jun 2022 00:49
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/23695

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