Marshall, Colin. "Spinoza on destroying passions with reason" Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 85:1 (2012), 139-160.
In the culminating book of his Ethics, Spinoza aims to demonstrate that reason has several methods for controlling the passions. One of Spinoza’s most striking conclusions is that we can destroy a passion by forming a clear and distinct idea of it. My aim here is to argue that this claim is true. That is, I will argue that Spinoza successfully shows that reason is not always the slave of the passions.