Spinoza's Ethics of Self-Preservation and Education

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Publication Conference Paper, other
Title Spinoza's Ethics of Self-Preservation and Education
Author(s) Dahlbeck, Johan
Date 2015
English abstract
The present paper marks an attempt to outline a coherent understanding of moral education from a Spinozistic point of view. One of the major challenges facing this task is the apparent tension between Spinoza’s normative moral theory—expressed in a language of traditional morality—and his denial of a free will and of the reality of good and evil. In order to resolve this tension, I will first have to take a closer look at some of the fundamentals of Spinoza’s moral theory. I will do this via some recent work on Spinoza’s ethics suggesting that his ethical account is at the very core of his metaphysical system. Having done so, I will then focus on drawing out some implications of his moral theory for a Spinozistic account of moral education. In doing so I will connect Spinoza’s ethics of self-preservation with the notion of teaching as the art of offering the right amount of resistance. I aim to do this by way of Michael LeBuffe’s model of the optimistic nutritionist.
Publisher Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain
Pages 12
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Note Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) 50th Anniversary Conference, New College, Oxford, 26-29 March 2015
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18847 (link to this page)
Link http://www.philosophy-of-education.org/events/annual-conference-2015.html (external link to related web page)

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