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The Body in Spinoza and Nietzsche


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Razvan Ioan
    Pages 1-5
  3. Razvan Ioan
    Pages 7-37
  4. Razvan Ioan
    Pages 39-95
  5. Razvan Ioan
    Pages 97-121
  6. Razvan Ioan
    Pages 191-216
  7. Razvan Ioan
    Pages 217-240
  8. Razvan Ioan
    Pages 241-244
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 245-251

About this book


This engaging volume sheds light on the central role the turn to the body plays in the philosophies of Spinoza and Nietzsche, providing an ideal starting point for understanding their work. Ioan explores their critiques of traditional morality, as well as their accounts of ethics, freedom and politics, arguing that we can best compare their respective philosophical physiologies, and their broader philosophical positions, through their shared interest in the notion of power. In spite of significant differences, Ioan shows the ways in which the two thinkers share remarkable similarities, delving into their emphatic appeal to the body as the key to solving fundamental philosophical problems, both theoretical and practical.


Spinoza Nietzsche physiology body self-knowledge ethics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Leiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

About the authors

Razvan Ioan completed his PhD at Leiden University, in the Netherlands. His research focuses on Nietzsche, Spinoza and the history of philosophy.This is his first book. 

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