Spinoza and the Sciences

  • Marjorie Grene
  • Debra Nails

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 91)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Spinoza and Seventeenth Century Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nancy Maull
      Pages 3-13
    3. André Lecrivain
      Pages 15-60
  3. Spinoza: Scientist

  4. Spinoza and the Human Sciences: Politics and Hermeneutics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
  5. Scientific-Metaphysical Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. J. Thomas Cook
      Pages 191-210
    3. Genevieve Lloyd
      Pages 211-233
  6. Spinoza and Twentieth Century Science

  7. Bibliography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 315-339

About this book


Prefatory Explanation It must be remarked at once that I am 'editor' of this volume only in that I had the honor of presiding at the symposium on Spinoza and the Sciences at which a number of these papers were presented (exceptions are those by Hans Jonas, Richard Popkin, Joe VanZandt and our four European contributors), in that I have given some editorial advice on details of some of the papers, including translations, and finally, in that my name appears on the cover. The choice of speakers, and of addi­ tional contributors, is entirely due to Robert Cohen and Debra Nails; and nearly all the burden of readying the manuscript for the press has been borne by the latter. In the introduction to another anthology on Spinoza I opened my remarks by quoting a statement of Sir Stuart Hampshire about inter­ pretations of Spinoza's chief work: All these masks have been fitted on him and each of them does to some extent fit. But they remain masks, not the living face. They do not show the moving tensions and unresolved conflicts in Spinoza's Ethics. (Hampshire, 1973, p. 297) The double theme of 'moving tensions' and 'unresolved conflicts' seems even more appropriate to the present volume. What is Spinoza's rela­ tion to the sciences? The answers are many, and they criss-cross one another in a number of complicated ways.


Baruch de Spinoza Bible Cartesian Spinoza Symposium bibliography conflicts ethics event living manuscript politics present seventeenth century translation

Editors and affiliations

  • Marjorie Grene
    • 1
  • Debra Nails
    • 2
  1. 1.University of California at DavisUSA
  2. 2.University of the WitwatersrandSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8511-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4514-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
  • Buy this book on publisher's site