Spinoza Reader The Ethics and Other Works

ISBN-10: 0691000670

ISBN-13: 9780691000671

Edition: 1994

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Description: This anthology of the work of Baruch de Spinoza (1632-1677) presents the text of Spinoza's masterwork, theEthics, in what is now the standard translation by Edwin Curley. Also included are selections from other works by Spinoza, chosen by Curley to make theEthicseasier to understand, and a substantial introduction that gives an overview of Spinoza's life and the main themes of his philosophy. Perfect for course use, theSpinoza Readeris a practical tool with which to approach one of the world's greatest but most difficult thinkers, a passionate seeker of the truth who has been viewed by some as an atheist and by others as a religious mystic. The anthology begins with the opening section of theTreatise on the Emendation of the Intellect, which has always moved readers by its description of the young Spinoza's spiritual quest, his dissatisfaction with the things people ordinarily strive for--wealth, honor, and sensual pleasure--and his hope that the pursuit of knowledge would lead him to discover the true good. The emphasis throughout these selections is on metaphysical, epistemological, and religious issues: the existence and nature of God, his relation to the world, the nature of the human mind and its relation to the body, and the theory of demonstration, axioms, and definitions. For each of these topics, the editor supplements the rigorous discussions in theEthicswith informal treatments from Spinoza's other works.

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/27/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210

Introduction
Spinoza's Life and Philosophy
Bibliographical Note
Abbreviations and Other Conventions Preliminaries
A Portrait of the Philosopher as a Young Man
A Critique of Traditional Religion
Fragments of a Theory of Scientific Method
From a Non-Geometric Draft of the Ethics
An Early Attempt at Geometrizing Philosophy
Two Criticisms of Descartes
The Study Group has Questions about Definitions
The Worm in the Blood82
The Ethics
Of God
Of the Nature and Origin of the Mind
Of the Origin and Nature of the Affects
Of Human Bondage, or the Powers of the Affects
Of the Power of the Intellect, or on Human Freedom
Objections and Replies
Tschirnhaus on Freedom
Freedom and Necessity
Tschirnhaus on Problems about the Attributes and Infinite Modes
On Knowledge of Other Attributes and Examples of Infinite Modes
Tschirnhaus on Knowledge of Other Attributes
Each Thing Is Expressed by Many Minds
Tschirnhaus Presses His Objection
Spinoza Replies Again
Tschirnhaus on Deducing the Existence of Bodies
On the Uselessness of Descartes' Principles of Natural Things
Tschirnhaus Presses the Objection
Spinoza's Last Reply
Index
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