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The Discipline of Philosophy and the Invention of Modern Jewish Thought$
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Willi Goetschel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823244966

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823244966.001.0001

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Spinoza’s Smart Worm and the Interplay of Ethics, Politics, and Interpretation

Spinoza’s Smart Worm and the Interplay of Ethics, Politics, and Interpretation

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(p.133) Eight Spinoza’s Smart Worm and the Interplay of Ethics, Politics, and Interpretation
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The Discipline of Philosophy and the Invention of Modern Jewish Thought
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Willi Goetschel

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823244966.003.0008

This chapter examines Jewish philosophy in the context of Baruch Spinoza's views about “smart worms” and the interplay of interpretation, ethics, and politics. It suggests that Spinoza's smart worms illuminate the issue of perspective and the position of the observer when it comes to the task of rethinking the function of Jewish philosophy in a creative way. It contends that Spinoza did not solve the “Jewish Question” but rather and more critically resolved its tacit assumptions. This chapter also considers Spinoza's thought in recognizing the link between the biblical and the modern and analyzes his Theological-Political Treatise.

Keywords:   Jewish philosophy, Baruch Spinoza, smart worms, interpretation, ethics, politics, Jewish Question, Theological-Political Treatise

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