Ethics

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Wordsworth Editions, 2001 - Ethics - 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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I can honestly say, with neither praise nor condemnation, that Spinoza's Ethics is the longest 186-page book I've ever read. I'm certain I haven't digested it all, or even understood it completely, so ... 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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