Thursday, July 31, 2008
Barbone, Steven. "Review of Charlie Huenemann, ed. INTERPRETING SPINOZA." NDPR (July 2008).
Huenemann, Charlie, ed. Interpreting Spinoza: Critical Essays. Cambridge: CUP, 2008. 'Caute' ('Attention!') was how Spinoza sealed his letters, and editor and contributor Charlie Huenemann opens this anthology by reminding readers that despite Spinoza's use of the geometric method in the Ethics, Spinoza (whose name derives from the Spanish word for "thorn") must be read with care and attention to avoid the prickles many encounter in his philosophy. While not pretending to deliver the last word on some of the more thorny sticking points in Spinoza's thought, this work proposes and succeeds to offer new (not reprinted) studies to help clarify important intertwining issues in Spinoza's metaphysics, psychology, and politics. Though each contribution was written independently and may stand on its own merit, there is a certain cohesion among the essays, and the reader will discover several themes -- the meaning of 'in' in Spinoza's philosophy, the possibility of free thought, and the role of the imagination especially in his political philosophy -- that reflect and respond to other essays in the collection. Because the volume includes contributions from both well established Spinoza scholars and some researchers newer to Spinoza studies, readers will also discover some refinements and clarifications of current interpretations as well as some new, original analyses. . . . Read the whole review here: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=13786.