Published shortly after his death, the Ethics is undoubtedly Spinoza's greatest work - an elegant, fully cohesive philosophical system that strives to provide a coherent picture of reality, and to comprehend the meaning of an ethical life. Following a logical step-by-step format, it defines in turn the nature of God, the mind, the emotions, human bondage to the emotions, and the power of understanding - moving from a consideration of the eternal, to speculate upon humanity's place in the natural order, the nature of freedom and the path to attainable happiness. A powerful work of elegant simplicity, the Ethics is a brilliantly insightful consideration of the possibility of redemption through intense thought and philosophical reflection.
About The Author
Benedict de Spinoza (1632–1677) was born in Amsterdam, where his orthodox Jewish family had fled from persecution in Portugal. Expelled from the synagogue for his heterodox philosophy, he identified God with nature and denied the possibility of an act of creation.
The noblest and most lovable of the great philosophers ... ethically he is supreme. (Bertrand Russell)"
|Further Reading||p. xvii|
|Note on the Text||p. xvii|
|Of God||p. 1|
|Of the Nature and Origin of the Mind||p. 31|
|Of the Origin and Nature of the Affects||p. 68|
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Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 27th June 1996
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.8 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1