Ethics

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Wordsworth Editions, Jan 1, 2001 - Fiction - 368 pages
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Translated by W.H.White and A.K.Stirling. With an Introduction by Don Garrett.

Benedict de Spinoza lived a life of blameless simplicity as a lens-grinder in Holland. And yet in his lifetime he was expelled from the Jewish community in Amsterdam as a heretic, and after his death his works were first banned by the Christian authorities as atheistic, then hailed by humanists as the gospel of Pantheism.

His Ethics Demonstrated in Geometrical Order shows us the reality behind this enigmatic figure. First published by his friends after his premature death at the age of forty-four, the Ethics uses the methods of Euclid to describe a single entity, properly called both 'God' and 'Nature', of which mind and matter are two manifestations. From this follow, in ways that are strikingly modern, the identity of mind and body, the necessary causation of events and actions, and the illusory nature of free will.

  

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User Review  - MarkBeronte - LibraryThing

Published shortly after his death in 1677, Ethics is undoubtedly Spinoza’s greatest work—a fully cohesive philosophical system that strives to provide a coherent picture of reality and to comprehend ... Read full review

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According to the introduction, “Baruch Spinoza, who wrote in the mid-seventeenth century, has been considered the first modern philosopher, for he was the first to write philosophy from a standpoint ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
viii
Section 2
ix
Section 3
x
Section 4
xi
Section 5
xii
Section 6
xiii
Section 7
xiv
Section 8
xvii
Section 13
35
Section 14
45
Section 15
97
Section 16
98
Section 17
98
Section 18
99
Section 19
157
Section 20
161

Section 9
xxxiii
Section 10
lix
Section 11
lxxxix
Section 12
3
Section 21
217
Section 22
227
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