Spinoza's Ethics An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0521544793
ISBN-13: 9780521544795
Edition: 2006
Authors: Steven M. Nadler
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Spinoza's Ethics is one of the most remarkable, important, and difficult books in the history of philosophy: a treatise simultaneously on metaphysics, knowledge, philosophical psychology, moral philosophy, and political philosophy. It presents, in Spinoza's famous 'geometric method', his radical views on God, Nature, the human being, and happiness. In this wide-ranging introduction to the work, Steven Nadler explains the doctrines and arguments of the Ethics, and shows why Spinoza's endlessly fascinating ideas may have been so troubling to his contemporaries, as well as why they are still highly relevant today. He also examines the philosophical background to Spinoza's thought and the dialogues in which Spinoza was engaged - with his contemporaries (including Descartes and Hobbes), with ancient thinkers (especially the Stoics), and with his Jewish rationalist forebears. His book is written for the student reader but will also be of interest to specialists in early modern philosophy.

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Spinoza's life and works
The geometric method
On God: substance
On God: necessity and determinism
The human being
Knowledge and will
The passions
Virtue and "the free man"
Eternity and blessedness
References
Index

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