About this blog

Empassive is devoted to exploring Spinoza’s religious sensibility by engaging with topics in philosophy, literature, and the arts. Although the poet Novalis famously called Spinoza ‘God-intoxicated’, he’s rarely been taken seriously as a religious thinker. This is arguably because his vision of the religious life occupies a strange place somewhere between traditional religion and secular atheism—so much so that it can seem unrecognizable as a religious view at all. Nevertheless, the conviction guiding my writing here is that this vision is not only distinctive, but essentially correct.

For a more detailed explanation of Empassive‘s aims, you can read the blog mission statement.

To read my ongoing series of posts entitled The Cosmic Impulse in Literature, click here.