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Humility: Spinoza on the Joys of Finitude

Julie E. Cooper

in Secular Powers: Humility in Modern Political Thought

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226081298
eISBN:
9780226081328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226081328.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter examines Spinoza’s declaration that “humility is not a virtue.” Contrary to the claims of the seventeenth-century anti-Spinoza polemic, this declaration does not rehabilitate pride. ... More


A Modest Tale about Theoretical Modesty

Julie E. Cooper

in Secular Powers: Humility in Modern Political Thought

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226081298
eISBN:
9780226081328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226081328.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The conclusion enumerates the conundrums that ensue when theorists try to observe protocols of anonymity consistent with their commitment to modesty as a philosophical virtue. This story about the ... More


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