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Spinoza's Critique of Religion and Its Heirs: Marx, Benjamin, Adorno

Spinoza's Critique of Religion and Its Heirs: Marx, Benjamin, Adorno

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Spinoza's heritage has been occluded by his incorporation into the single, western, philosophical canon formed and enforced by theologico-political condemnation, and his heritage is further occluded by controversies whose secular garb shields their religious origins. By situating Spinoza's thought in a materialist Aristotelian tradition, this book sheds new light on those who inherit Spinoza's thought and its consequences materially and historically rather than metaphysically. By focusing on Marx, Benjamin, and Adorno, Idit Dobbs-Weinstein explores the manner in which Spinoza's radical critique of religion shapes materialist critiques of the philosophy of history. Dobbs-Weinstein argues that two radically opposed notions of temporality and history are at stake for these thinkers, an onto-theological future-oriented one, and a political one oriented to the past for the sake of the present or, more precisely, for the sake of actively resisting the persistent barbarism at the heart of culture.

Author: Idit Dobbs-Weinstein
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 06/17/2015
Pages: 290
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 8.60h x 5.80w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9781107094918

About the Author
Dobbs-Weinstein, Idit: - Idit Dobbs-Weinstein is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee. She is the author of Maimonides and St Thomas on the Limits of Reason and coeditor of Maimonides and his Heritage (with Lenn E. Goodman and James A. Grady). Her work has appeared in such journals as Epoché and Idealistic Studies.

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