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The Philosopher Spinoza and the Sciences

Author: Filip A. A. Buyse (Senior Visiting Researcher at the University of Oxford.) Today, Spinoza (1632-1677) is one of the most popular early modern philosophers. The Dutch philosopher is well-known for his political philosophy which he explained in his Tractatus theologico-politicus (1670) as well as in his unfinished Tractatus Politicus. He was one of the first thinkers to have defended radical democratic ideas. Of course, he is also known for his metaphysics which he explains in the ...

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After the Cogito: Lacan on Psychoanalysis, Science and Religion

Author: Itzhak Benyamini (Bar-Ilan University, PhD.) This paper examines the way Jacques Lacan defines psychoanalysis in the 1950s as distinct from both religion and science. Psychoanalysis, religion, and science, I shall argue, constitute a paradigmatic triangle for Lacan. In contrast to Freud’s prevalent image as a scientifically-minded and anti-religious person, Lacan’s position is much more intricate to begin with. On the one hand, he does not consider himself a man of the enlight...

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