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Victor Nuovo: Spinoza: Of empiricists and rationalists

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Another important fact about Spinoza’s intellectual character is that he was a rationalist. I begin, then, by explaining what this means and how being a rationalist differs from being an empiricist. For it is commonly supposed that empiricism and rationalism are the two poles of modern philosophy. What’s the difference?

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Victor Nuovo: Spinoza: the first secular Jewish intellectual

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of essays about the Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza.

Historians have long observed that the Netherlands has played a leading role in the Renaissance, the great revival of learning and intellectual life in Europe after the Middle Ages. Two eminent role players are Erasmus and Spinoza.

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Opinion: House governor candidates have proven their worth

Posted on July 18, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Victor Nuovo: Lucretius: 'Where shall wisdom be found?'

Posted on June 9, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the 16th and final in a series of essays on Lucretius, an early philosopher who provides a link to “lost classics” through his epic poem “On the Nature of Things.”

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Victor Nuovo: Lucretius and the Meaning of it All

Posted on June 2, 2016 |
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Editor’s note: This is the 15th in a series of essays on Lucretius, an early philosopher who provides a link to “lost classics” through his epic poem “On the Nature of Things.”

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Nuovo: Lucretius and Epicurean virtue

Posted on May 26, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the 14th in a series of essays on Lucretius, an early philosopher who provides a link to “lost classics” through his epic poem “On the Nature of Things.”

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Victor Nuovo: Lucretius: The wisdom of Epicurus

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



“Nils, igitur, mors ad nos!” “Nothing, therefore, is death to us!” With this triumphant shout, Lucretius epitomized the wisdom of Epicurus.

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Nuovo on Lucretius: The plague of the heart

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a series of essays on Lucretius, an early philosopher who provides a link to “lost classics” through his epic poem “On the Nature of Things.”

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Victor Nuovo: Lucretius on Civilization and its Discontents

Posted on May 5, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a series of essays on Lucretius, an early philosopher who provides a link to “lost classics” through his epic poem “On the Nature of Things.”

Lucretius supposed that the human species is exceptional in one way only: we are, compared to other animals, ill prepared for life. It is left to us to find ways to achieve security and comfort; the product of our efforts is civilization.

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Nuovo on Lucretius: Our accidental world

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



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One of Lucretius’ main goals in his poem is to teach us that we exist in an accidental world. He believed that the recognition of this fact of was a prerequisite for happiness. The dance of atoms in infinite space is without beginning or end, and from this ceaseless activity there has evolved innumerable worlds or universes of every possible shape, size, and degree of durability — a “multiverse.”

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