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Spinoza on the Spirit of Friendship

Abstract Baruch de Spinoza (1632-1677) is most often treated as a secular philosopher in the literature. But the critical-historical and textual analyses explored in this study suggest that Spinoza wrote the Ethics not as a secular project intended to supersede monotheism for those stoic enough to plumb its icy depths, but rather, and as is much less often assumed, as a genuinely Judeo-Christian theological discourse accounting for the changing scientific worldviews and political realities of his time. This paper draws upon scholarship documenting Spinoza's involvement with Christian sects such as the Collegiants and Quakers. After establishing the largely unappreciated importance of Spinoza's religious or theological thought, a close readin... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Belcheff, David Alexander (Author) / Samuelson, Norbert (Advisor) / Clay, Eugene (Advisor) / Foley, Peter (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Religion / Theology / Religious history / Collegiants / Ethics / Friendship / Quakers / Spinoza
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 89 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. Religious Studies 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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