The ethics of joy : Spinoza on the empowered life / Andrew Youpa.
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- New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 
1 online resource (x, 195 pages)
- Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677.
Ethics -- Early works to 1800.
Joy -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Power (Social sciences) -- Moral and ethical aspects.
- "This book offers a reading of Spinoza's moral philosophy. Central to the reading the author defends is the view that there is a way of life that is best for human beings, and what makes it best is that it is the way of life that is in agreement with human nature. It is important to note that Spinoza's moral philosophy does not fit within a framework that takes accountability as an essential function of morality. An ethics of accountability is about what a person deserves. It is a system for assigning credit and debt in the economy of good and evil. The ethics of Spinoza's Ethics is not about what a person deserves. Rather, it is about how to live joyously and lovingly, not sadly and hatefully. Instead of an ethics of accountability, Spinoza's is an ethics of joy. It is centered on what, with respect to mental and physical wellness, deserves our attention and what, with respect to mental and physical wellness, does not deserve our attention. Spinoza's ethics of joy belongs to a philosophical tradition that adheres to a medical model of morality. Accordingly, the purpose of morality is not to assign credit and debt in the economy of good and evil. Its purpose is to heal the sick and empower the vulnerable, which is to say that it is for each and every one of us. Furthermore, Spinoza's moral philosophy is pluralistic in that there are as many good ways of life as there are ways of living joyously and lovingly. There is a variety of empowered ways of life, and there is a variety of disempowered ways of life.
Spinoza's symptomatic tyeory of emotions
Emotions as axiological information
Spinoza's moral realism
Spinoza and moral anti-realism
Underivative goodness and underivative badness
Summum mentis bonum
The empowered life : freedom
The empowered life : tenacity
The empowered life : nobility
Conclusion : ethics and the project of empowerment.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages -188) and index.
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