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Yitzhak Y. Melamed
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD 21218-2608)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Spinoza and German Idealism: A Metaphysical Dialogue

I am applying for an NEH Fellowship in order to have a research leave that would allow me to complete my book on Spinoza and German Idealism. Spinoza had a crucial role in the formation of the philosophy of German Idealism. Each of Kant's major followers--Maimon, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel--had at least a definite and substantial Spinozistic period in his philosophical development. Spinoza's monistic rationalism was the major source of inspiration for the German Idealists' attempts to overcome the Kantian dualisms of intuitions versus concepts and appearances versus things-in-themselves. I intend and hope that the final product of this project will be a groundbreaking book which will significantly advance our understanding of German Idealism and modern philosophy.