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"Garver's analysis is dramatic: he unpacks deep tensions in Spinoza's argumentation before developing ingenious interpretive resolutions. He engages substantially with both English-language analytic and French Continental scholarship on Spinoza, an admirable achievement considering their significant methodological differences. This book, much like Spinoza's thought, rewards the effort required to chew over its ideas. . . . Highly recommended."--CHOICE "This is an excellent book, especially for those in need of a fresh approach to a well-trodden text. I have read it twice, and still haven't finished reading it. The sorts of questions Garver raises, the problems he uncovers, and the assumptions he rejects all breathe new life into the Ethics. Garver's interpretation is impressively novel and philosophically fruitful, and is in its own way cunningly imaginative."--Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "Eugene Garver explains Spinoza's Ethics not only as argument but also as drama, whose progress engages the reader to become not just a spectator, but an agent in the midst of the philosophical action. The last two sections of the Ethics, on bondage and freedom, are practical as well as theoretical, intended to produce in the reader a change of heart as well as vision. Garver shows how Spinoza accomplishes this unexpected outcome by bringing imagination and reason, affect and agency, the mathematical and the dynamic, into philosophical relation. The most surprising developments and reversals we find in Garver's account are backed up by his cogent exposition and careful scholarship, which engages a spectrum of other commentators in productive dialectic: just the right background for a portrait of Spinoza as a champion of practical reason."--Emily Grosholz, Pennsylvania State University "Spinoza and the Cunning of Imagination offers a compelling, thought provoking, and original argument that challenges readers of Spinoza to reexamine many of their well-received tropes and habits. Garver shows himself to be a real connoisseur of Spinoza's philosophy, and the breadth of his reading and his knowledge of the secondary literature is remarkable. Unlike many recent studies of Spinoza, Garver does not deal with one of the many local topics that can be addressed in the context of Spinoza's philosophy, nor does he offer a general introduction for the uninitiated reader. His book constitutes instead a rather audacious attempt to come to terms with the Spinozistic philosophical enterprise as such and from a critical but sympathetic view of what is undeniably one of the most important philosophical systems of the Western philosophical tradition."--Elhanan Yakira, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Eugene Garver is the Regents Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Saint John's University. Among his earlier books are Aristotle's "Rhetoric: " An Art of Character, Confronting Aristotle's "Ethics: " Ancient and Modern Morality, and Aristotle's "Politics: " Living Well and Living Together, all published by the University of Chicago Press. He has also retired from triathlons after finishing first in his age group at the North American Ironman Championships.