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Routledge, 1997 - Philosophy - 54 pages
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Ostracized by the Jewish community in Amsterdam into which he was born, Spinoza developed a political philosophy that set out to justify the secular State, ruled by a liberal constitution, and a metaphysics, according to which everything exists in God as a 'mode' of the divine substance, that sought to reconcile human freedom with a belief in scientific explanation. In this book Roger Scruton presents a clear and systematic analysis of Spinoza's thought, and shows its relevance to today's intellectual preoccupations.

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I really liked this book, it was very clear and easy to read. It summarizes the points quite eloquently. "Our modern inability to answer [the basic questions explored by Spinoza] accounts for our ... Read full review


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Once in a while, a publication comes along that on first sight seems oddly out of place but on second viewing is admirably suited to its purpose. This little series of biographical summaries of the ... Read full review

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Professor Roger Scruton is visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall Oxford and visiting Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. His other books include "Sexual Desire", "The West and the Rest", "England: An Elegy", "News from Somewhere", "Gentle Regrets" and "I Drink Therefore I Am" (all published by Continuum).

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