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François Flahault. On Spinoza and wisdom

In this paper, I question the conception of wisdom developed by Spinoza. According to Spinoza, wisdom is clearly distinguishable from the ideal of holiness. Nevertheless, it does not coincide with wisdom as practiced by ordinary people. Indeed, contrary to ordinary folk who, in Spinoza’s eyes, are ignorant, wisdom implies true knowledge ; moreover, wisdom must provide an eternal and infinite good. Wisdom is not, however, the privilege of philosophers and must not aim at a real completeness. The paper discusses this conception, partly with the help of the definition of desire furnished by Spinoza himself.


Keywords:  wisdom, desire, self-development, sense of existing