Benedict Spinoza’s Ethics: What The World Is Like According to Philosophy’s Most Consummate Deductive Rationalist

Benedict Spinoza is a unique philosopher who has been accused of being both “god-intoxicated” and atheistic. In this course we introduce Spinoza’s philosophical worldview, clarify his unflagging commitment to a deductive conception of rationality and a priori truth, and examine the consequences of his commitments to these. MSC

Required Book: Baruch Spinoza: Ethics. Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect, and Selected Letters, trans. Samuel Shirley. ISBN 978-0872201309 (Also on Kindle).

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Bruce Haupti earned a B.A. in mathematics from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI (1970); and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University in St Louis, MO (1973 & 1974). He is an Emeritus Professor of philosophy at Florida International University in Miami, FL (The State University of Florida in Miami) whree he taught for thirty-nine years. For MCS he has taught: “Introduction to Philosophy: Plato’s Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito,” “Plato’s “Aristocratic and Authoritarian” Republic vs. Dewey’s “Pragmatic” Democracy,” “Descartes: Sensible Doubts and Legitimate Knowledge?”, and “Political Compromise: Necessary for Democracy But Unacceptable to the Bases of Our Political Parties–Are We Doomed?”

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