Ethics
Spinoza (Benedict de), Curley (Edwin), Hampshire (Stuart)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

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  1. ‘Spinoza (1632-77),’ wrote Bertrand Russell, ‘is the noblest and most lovable of the great philosophers. Intellectually, some others have surpassed him, but ethically he is supreme.’
  2. Although published only after his death, the Ethics is undoubtedly Spinoza’s masterpiece. Using a strict step-by-step logical format, it examines the natural order of the world, the place of human beings within it, the distinction between bodies and minds, and the consequences for our happiness and freedom. It argues that we can all learn to become ‘passionately reasonable’, by re-directing our emotions towards conciliation and the enjoyment of living.
  3. In drawing together these themes, as Stuart Hampshire’s Introduction explains, Spinoza produced ‘a coherent picture of reality as a whole, including a speculative account of the origin of things’.
  4. The Ethics is presented here in what is now the standard translation by Edwin Curley.

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"Spinoza (Benedict de), Curley (Edwin), Hampshire (Stuart) - Ethics"

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