The Collected Works of Spinoza provides, for the first time in English, a truly satisfactory edition of all of Spinoza's writings, with accurate and readable translations, based on the best critical editions of the original-language texts, done by a scholar who has published extensively on the philosopher's work.
This first volume contains Spinoza's single most important work, the Ethics, and four earlier works: the Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect, the Short Treatise on God, Man, and His Well-Being, Descartes' "Principles of Philosophy," and Metaphysical Thoughts. Also included are Spinoza's letters from the periods when these works were being written.
The elaborate editorial apparatus-including prefaces, notes, glossary, and indexes-assists the reader in understanding one of the world's most fascinating, but also most difficult, philosophers. Of particular interest is the glossary-index, which provides extensive commentary on Spinoza's technical vocabulary.
A milestone of scholarship more than forty-five years in the making, The Collected Works of Spinoza is an essential edition for anyone with a serious interest in Spinoza or the history of philosophy.
"A major contribution to Spinoza scholarship ... sets a new standard."--Daniel E. Garber, Ethics "This wonderful volume is as much an edition as it is a translation... [Curley's] renderings bring one much closer to what Spinoza actually wrote than do those of any previous translator of Spinoza into English... Curley's volume will stand alone for the foreseeable future; indeed, it is hard to imagine anything ever supplanting it as the chief Spinoza research tool for Anglophones."--Jonathan Bennett, Philosophical Review "Curley's translation surpasses all of the others in accuracy and reliability."--H. G. Hubbeling, Journal of the History of Philosophy "Curley succeeds on all counts in this invaluable aid to an understanding of an important, but difficult, rationalist philosopher."--Leon H. Brody, Library Journal (starred review) "A standard and trusted tool of Spinoza scholarship in the English-speaking world."--John Cottingham, Times Higher Education Supplement "Curley's edition has been compiled with great care, thoroughness, and skill. We now have, at long last, the first part of a superb English edition of Spinoza's writings, with reliable, uniform translations and an extremely useful scholarly apparatus. All of this makes Curley's edition indispensable to students of Spinoza and modern philosophy."--James C. Morrison, Canadian Philosophical Reviews "Far more than a fresh translation... [A] model of the translator-editor's art."--B. A. Gerrish, Journal of Religion