The Collected Works of Spinoza, Volume I

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The Collected Works of Spinoza provides, for the first time in English, a truly satisfactory edition of all of Spinoza's writings, with accurate and readable translations, based on the best critical editions of the original-language texts, done by a scholar who has published extensively on the philosopher's work.

This first volume contains Spinoza's single most important work, the Ethics, and four earlier works: the Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect, the Short Treatise...

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Overview

The Collected Works of Spinoza provides, for the first time in English, a truly satisfactory edition of all of Spinoza's writings, with accurate and readable translations, based on the best critical editions of the original-language texts, done by a scholar who has published extensively on the philosopher's work.

This first volume contains Spinoza's single most important work, the Ethics, and four earlier works: the Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect, the Short Treatise on God, Man, and His Well-Being, Descartes' "Principles of Philosophy," and Metaphysical Thoughts. Also included are Spinoza's letters from the periods when these works were being written.

The elaborate editorial apparatus—including prefaces, notes, glossary, and indexes—assists the reader in understanding one of the world's most fascinating, but also most difficult, philosophers. Of particular interest is the glossary-index, which provides extensive commentary on Spinoza's technical vocabulary.

A milestone of scholarship more than forty-five years in the making, The Collected Works of Spinoza is an essential edition for anyone with a serious interest in Spinoza or the history of philosophy.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A major contribution to Spinoza scholarship . . . sets a new standard."—Daniel E. Garber, Ethics

"This wonderful volume is as much an edition as it is a translation. . . . [Curley's] renderings bring one much closer to what Spinoza actually wrote than do those of any previous translator of Spinoza into English. . . . Curley's volume will stand alone for the foreseeable future; indeed, it is hard to imagine anything ever supplanting it as the chief Spinoza research tool for Anglophones."—Jonathan Bennett, Philosophical Review

"Curley's translation surpasses all of the others in accuracy and reliability."—H. G. Hubbeling, Journal of the History of Philosophy

"Curley succeeds on all counts in this invaluable aid to an understanding of an important, but difficult, rationalist philosopher."—Leon H. Brody, Library Journal (starred review)

"A standard and trusted tool of Spinoza scholarship in the English-speaking world."—John Cottingham, Times Higher Education Supplement

"Curley's edition has been compiled with great care, thoroughness, and skill. We now have, at long last, the first part of a superb English edition of Spinoza's writings, with reliable, uniform translations and an extremely useful scholarly apparatus. All of this makes Curley's edition indispensable to students of Spinoza and modern philosophy."—James C. Morrison, Canadian Philosophical Reviews

"Far more than a fresh translation. . . . [A] model of the translator-editor's art."—B. A. Gerrish, Journal of Religion

Library Journal
Prior to this work there has been no uniform English edition of Spinoza's complete opera including his letters. Curley's objectives were: good translations based on the standard critical edition of the original texts (Gebhardt's four-volume edition of 1925); comprehensiveness; uniformity; chronological arrangement (this volume contains the Ethics and the four early works which preceded it); and ``a good deal more in the way of scholarly aid'' than is usual in a translation. This latter consists of prefaces to each work, voluminous notes, and three versions of a glossary-index of key terms with their equivalents (English, Latin, and Dutch). Curley succeeds on all counts in this invaluable aid to an understanding of an important, but difficult, rationalist philosopher. Volume 2 will complete the collection. Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Lib., Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691072227
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1985
  • Series: Collected Works of Spinoza
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 6.55 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Edwin Curley is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Michigan. His books include A Spinoza Reader, Behind the Geometrical Method: A Reading of Spinoza's "Ethics," and Spinoza's Metaphysics. He is also the author of Descartes Against the Skeptics and the editor of an edition of Hobbes's Leviathan. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2007

    The best scholarly edition in English...

    Edwin Curley has given us the most thoroughly annotated translation of Spinoza's metaphysical and ethical writings in English to date. This is a wonderful contribution to all English-speaking readers of Spinoza and is frankly indispenable to any serious student. Anyone who has ever attempted a translation knows what a difficult if not impossible task it is to produce one that is technically accurate and of good literary merit. Curley has succeeded admirably. His translation of the 'Ethics' has become, and is likely to remain for some time, the standard against which others will be measured. He has not produced the 'definitive' translation. That is impossible. You must combine Curley's translation with others available if you want to get a really good understanding of Spinoza's texts. Fortunately, we have been blessed with several recent contributions as well as new editions of older efforts. Even if you don't understand Latin, comparing these various translations with one another will give you an excellent technical grasp of the text material. An understanding of Spinoza's meaning is, of course, another matter. No translation is going to do that for you and Curley makes no pretense in this regard. The present editon is of a high quality and the price is actually very reasonable for a work of this type. If you are serious about Spinoza, this work is mandatory for your library. In addition to this edition you will also want to acquire W. H. White's translation of the 'Ethics' (A new paperback edition is currently available, although I recommend a good used copy of Vol. 31 of the 'Great Books of the Western World' series) Samuel Shirley's excellent 'Spinoza: Complete Works' an outstanding new edition of 'The Ethics' by G. H. R. Parkinson the older two volume 'Works of Spinoza' by R. H. M. Elwes and the underrated 'Ethics and Treatise on the Correction of the Intellect' by Andrew Boyle.

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