On the Improvement of Understandingby Benedict de Spinoza
Benedictus de Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher. Benedictus de Spinoza is known for laying the groundwork for the 18th century Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism, including modern conceptions of the self and the universe, he came to be considered one of the great rationalists of 17th century philosophy, medieval thought, and ethics & morality. In Benedictus de Spinoza's On The Improvement of Understanding, he attempts to formulate a philosophical method that would allow the mind to form the clear and distinct ideas that are necessary for its perfection. The work also reflects upon the various kinds of knowledge and it includes a lengthy analysis of the nature and causes of doubt. On The Improvement of Understanding added to Benedictus de Spinoza's reputation as one of Western philosophy's most important medieval thought thinkers and ethics and morality thinkers. On The Improvement of Understanding is often required reading for courses in politics & social sciences, philosophy, medieval philosophy, medieval thought, and ethics & morality. This edition of Benedictus de Spinoza's On The Improvement of Understanding was first published in 1677, the year of Spinoza's death, by some of his closest friends..
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