A Spinoza Reader: The "Ethics" and Other Works / Edition 1

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Overview

This anthology of the work of Baruch de Spinoza (1632-1677) presents the text of Spinoza's masterwork, the Ethics, in what is now the standard translation by Edwin Curley. Also included are selections from other works by Spinoza, chosen by Curley to make the Ethics easier 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, the Spinoza Reader is 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 the Treatise 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 the Ethics with informal treatments from Spinoza's other works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691000671
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 772,979
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
I Spinoza's Life and Philosophy
II Bibliographical Note
III Abbreviations and Other Conventions
Preliminaries
I A Portrait of the Philosopher as a Young Man 3
II A Critique of Traditional Religion 6
III Fragments of a Theory of Scientific Method 48
IV From a Non-Geometric Draft of the Ethics 55
V An Early Attempt at Geometrizing Philosophy 66
VI Two Criticisms of Descartes 71
VII The Study Group has Questions about Definitions 77
VIII The Worm in the Blood 82
The Ethics
I Of God 85
II Of the Nature and Origin of the Mind 115
III Of the Origin and Nature of the Affects 152
IV Of Human Bondage, or the Powers of the Affects 197
V Of the Power of the Intellect, or on Human Freedom 244
Objections and Replies
I Tschirnhaus on Freedom 266
II Freedom and Necessity 267
III Tschirnhaus on Problems about the Attributes and Infinite Modes 269
IV On Knowledge of Other Attributes and Examples of Infinite Modes 270
V Tschirnhaus on Knowledge of Other Attributes 272
VI Each Thing Is Expressed by Many Minds 272
VII Tschirnhaus Presses His Objection 273
VIII Spinoza Replies Again 273
IX Tschirnhaus on Deducing the Existence of Bodies 274
X On the Uselessness of Descartes' Principles of Natural Things 274
XI Tschirnhaus Presses the Objection 274
XII Spinoza's Last Reply 275
Index 277
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