An inquiry into Spinoza's criticism of the moral and epistemic aspirations of natural science

01 October 2010 → 30 September 2015
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Theory and methodology of philosophy
    • Philosophy
    • Ethics
    • Other philosophy, ethics and religious studies not elsewhere classified
  • Natural sciences
    • History and foundations
modern philosophy Spinoza natural science
Project description

The goal of the research project consists in explaining why according to Spinoza natural science is unable to tell us anything about the totality of nature, and therefore can never have the pretension to draw from its findings larger philosophical or moral conclusions. Spinoza was an early, informed critic of the moral and epistemic aspirations of natural science.