Spinoza and the Politics of Renaturalization

Sharp Hasana
There have been many Spinozas over the centuries: atheist, romantic pantheist, great thinker of the multitude, advocate of the liberated individual, and rigorous rationalist. The common thread connecting all of these clashing perspectives is Spinoza's naturalism, the idea that humanity is part of nature, not above it. In this sophisticated... Read More
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There have been many Spinozas over the centuries: atheist, romantic pantheist, great thinker of the multitude, advocate of the liberated individual, and rigorous rationalist. The common thread connecting all of these clashing perspectives is Spinoza's naturalism, the idea that humanity is part of nature, not above it. In this sophisticated new interpretation of Spinoza's iconoclastic philosophy, Hasana Sharp draws on his uncompromising naturalism to rethink human agency, ethics, and political practice. Sharp uses Spinoza to outline a practical wisdom of "renaturalization," showing how ideas, actions, and institutions are never merely products of human intention or design, but outcomes of the complex relationships among natural forces beyond our control. This lack of a metaphysical or moral division between humanity and the rest of nature, Sharp contends, can provide the basis for an ethical and political practice free from the tendency to view ourselves as either gods or beasts. Sharp's groundbreaking argument critically engages with important contemporary thinkers--including deep ecologists, feminists, and race and critical theorists--making Spinoza and the Politics of Renaturalization vital for a wide range of scholars.
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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 022679248X
ISBN-13 9780226792484
GTIN-13 9780226792484
GTIN-14 09780226792484
Author Sharp Hasana
Edition 1
Language Code eng
Page Count 256
Publication Date Jan 31, 2021
Dimension 6 in 9 in 0.58 in