Approaching the central themes of Spinoza's thought from both a historical and analytical perspective, this book examines the logical-metaphysical core of Spinoza's philosophy, its epistemology and its ramifications for his much disputed attitude towards religion. Opening with a discussion of Spinoza's historical and philosophical location as the appropriate context for the interpretation of his work the book goes on to present a non-'logical' reading of Spinoza's metaphysics, a consideration of Spinoza's radical repudiation of Cartesian subjectivism and an examination of how Spinoza wanted religion to be understood in the context of his wider thinking and the influence of his non-Christian background. Mason also assesses Spinoza's significance and importance for philosophy now.

chapter |8 pages

Introduction: Understanding Spinoza

part |2 pages

Part I Logic

chapter 1|30 pages

What had to be so

chapter 2|16 pages

How things happen

chapter 3|18 pages

Concrete logic

chapter 4|12 pages

One thing after another

part |2 pages

Part II Knowledge

chapter 5|20 pages

Dealing with Descartes

chapter 6|14 pages


chapter 7|18 pages


chapter 8|20 pages

Spinoza, Davidson and objectivity

part |2 pages

Part III Religion

chapter 9|10 pages

Reducing religion?

chapter 10|20 pages

Two views of faith

chapter 11|12 pages

A revenge on Jewish Law?