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From Bondage to Freedom: Spinoza on Human Excellence

Michael Lebuffe

Abstract

This book defends a comprehensive interpretation of Spinoza's enlightened vision of human excellence, including his theories of good and evil, virtue, perfection, and freedom. Spinoza holds that what is fundamental to human morality is the fact that we find things to be good or evil, not what we take those designations to mean. When we come to understand the conditions under which we act—that is, when we come to understand the sorts of beings that we are and the ways in which we interact with things in the world—then we can recast traditional moral notions in ways that help us to attain more o ... More

Keywords: freedom, Hobbes, human nature, passion, perfectionism, self-knowledge, Spinoza, virtue ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195383539
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383539.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Lebuffe, author
Texas A&M University
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