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Benedict Spinoza and the Development of Cartesian Hermeneutics

Benedict de Spinoza followed Descartes’ geometrical approach to human knowledge, and applied it with great individualistic and rationalistic effect to biblical interpretation. Not concerned with questions of whether a passage was true, but only with its actual meaning, Spinoza deliberately … Continue reading

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Cartesian Hermeneutics and the Bible as Passive Object

James Olthuis frankly acknowledges the influence of Cartesian philosophy on Modern biblical interpretation: The Cartesian subject-object split (’I am’ and the sense perceivable world) has denatured the interpretative process. One does not begin from a desire to bring self in … Continue reading

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