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Spinoza on the politics of philosophical understanding Susan James and Eric Schliesser angels and philosophers: with a new interpretation of Spinoza's common notions

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In this paper I offer three main challenges to James (2011). All three turn on the nature of philosophy and secure knowledge in Spinoza. First, I criticize James's account of the epistemic role that experience plays in securing adequate ideas for Spinoza. In doing so I criticize her treatment of what is known as the ‘conatus doctrine’ in Spinoza in order to challenge her picture of the relationship between true religion and philosophy. Second, this leads me into a criticism of her account of the nature of philosophy in Spinoza. I argue it is less piecemeal and less akin to what we would recognize as ‘science’ than she suggests. Third, I argue against James's core commitment that Spinoza's three kinds of knowledge differ in degree; I claim they differ in kind. My argument will offer a new interpretation of Spinoza's conception of ‘common notions’. Moreover, I argue that Spinozistic adequate knowledge involves something akin to angelic disembodiment.
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Spinoza, Common Notions, Philosophy, Angels

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Schliesser, Eric. 2011. “Spinoza on the Politics of Philosophical Understanding Susan James and Eric Schliesser Angels and Philosophers: With a New Interpretation of Spinoza’s Common Notions.” Ed. Mark Eli Kalderon. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 111 (3 (3)): 497–518.
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Schliesser, E. (2011). Spinoza on the politics of philosophical understanding Susan James and Eric Schliesser angels and philosophers: with a new interpretation of Spinoza’s common notions. (M. E. Kalderon, Ed.)PROCEEDINGS OF THE ARISTOTELIAN SOCIETY, 111(3 (3)), 497–518.
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Schliesser E. Spinoza on the politics of philosophical understanding Susan James and Eric Schliesser angels and philosophers: with a new interpretation of Spinoza’s common notions. Kalderon ME, editor. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ARISTOTELIAN SOCIETY. 2011;111(3 (3)):497–518.
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Schliesser, Eric. “Spinoza on the Politics of Philosophical Understanding Susan James and Eric Schliesser Angels and Philosophers: With a New Interpretation of Spinoza’s Common Notions.” Ed. Mark Eli Kalderon. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ARISTOTELIAN SOCIETY 111.3 (3) (2011): 497–518. Print.
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  author       = {Schliesser, Eric},
  editor       = {Kalderon, Mark Eli },
  issn         = {0066-7374},
  journal      = {PROCEEDINGS OF THE ARISTOTELIAN SOCIETY},
  keyword      = {Spinoza,Common Notions,Philosophy,Angels},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3 (3)},
  pages        = {497--518},
  title        = {Spinoza on the politics of philosophical understanding Susan James and Eric Schliesser angels and philosophers: with a new interpretation of Spinoza's common notions},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9264.2011.00321.x},
  volume       = {111},
  year         = {2011},
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