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What makes the seventeenth century such a fascinating period in the history of philosophy? In what ways does Spinoza speak to contemporary philosophical problems? And in what sense is philosophy an inherently historical discipline? These are some of the questions that we asked Susan James, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College London.
Some books and papers mentioned in this episode are:
- Augustine of Hippo: A Biography by Peter Brown
- The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt
- Spinoza on philosophy, religion, and politics: the Theologico-political treatise by Susan James
- 'Responding Emotionally to Fiction: A Spinozist Approach' by Susan James
- Early Modern French Thought by Michael Moriarty