By Han Van Ruler, Anthony Uhlmann, Martin Wilson

ISBN-10: 9004154671

ISBN-13: 9789004154674

ISBN-10: 9047411382

ISBN-13: 9789047411383

This new English version of Arnold Geulincx Ethics is the 1st whole version to seem in a contemporary language and comprises notes by way of the good Irish author Samuel Beckett, who indicated that Geulincx used to be a key impression on his works.

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It would seem to be even more precarious in Geulincx’ case, where we are dealing with a morality based on ‘humility’—a particularly undeserving frame of mind where it comes to psychological bloom. ’48 Coming to Geulincx’ defence we might argue that his particular version of humility, as well as his accompanying notion of obedience, were actually meant to avert people from social forms of humility and obedience. 49 But that would not answer the problem. The fact remains that philosophy’s demands, the demands of universal reason, have a tendency severely to restrict the development of individual psychological capacities.

It is therefore not necessarily conducive to profitable modes of psychological self-help. J. McCracken once approvingly described as 40 Geulincx would never regain anything like his former Louvain status of senior professor. Debts and poverty haunted him, which probably explains why, at the time of Susanna’s death in late 1669 (or in the first days of 1670), no rent had yet been paid for the house on Steenschuur which he and his wife had been living in since October 1668. Cf. F. Kossmann, ‘De laatste woning van Arnold Geulincx’, in Bijdragen voor Vaderlandsche Geschiedenis en Oudheidkunde, seventh series, nr 3 (1933), 136–138.

Inger Leemans has pointed to publisher Timotheus ten Hoorn’s (1644–1715) joint interest in pornography, Spinozism and Cartesian medicine and philosophy. Cf. Inger Leemans, Het woord is aan de onderkant: Radicale ideeën in Nederlandse pornografische romans 1670–1700, Nijmegen: Vantilt, 2002, 278–281. 54 Still, the memes and epistemes of early modern Europeans—deceitfully obvious as they may seem at first sight and ultimately explicable though they may be on further consideration—were very different from ours.

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