Ethics by Benedict De SpinozaEthics by Benedict De Spinoza

Ethics

byBenedict De SpinozaTranslated byEdwin CurleyIntroduction byStuart Hampshire

Paperback | July 26, 2005

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A profoundly beautiful and uniquely insightful description of the universe, Benedict de Spinoza's Ethics is one of the masterpieces of Enlightenment-era philosophy.

Published shortly after his death, the Ethics is undoubtedly Spinoza's greatest work - an elegant, fully cohesive cosmology derived from first principles, providing a coherent picture of reality, and a guide to 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. The Ethics is presented in the standard translation of the work by Edwin Curley. This edition also includes an introduction by Stuart Hampshire, outlining Spinoza's philosophy and placing it in context.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Benedict de Spinoza was born in Amsterdam in 1632, where his orthodox Jewish family had fled from persecution in Portugal. Spinoza was expelled from the synagogue for his heterodox philosophy, and earned his living as an optical-lens grinder. He identified God with nature and denied the possibility of an act of creation. Ethics was ...

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Title:EthicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.5 inPublished:July 26, 2005Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Difficult I found this a very difficult read, but every once in a while, something would shine through that was truly sublime. I'll have to read it again (And maybe again after that!).
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One of the best-loved philosophers of all-time, Benedict de Spinoza was an ethical master the likes of which we have not seen since. Undoubtedly, his masterwork is Ethics. Contemplating the place and role of humanity in the world, he argues that we should direct our energies towards being "passionately reasonable," focusing on reconciliation and positive living. A philosopher of the utmost integrity, Spinoza's philosophical wunderkind still leaves generation after generation of readers breathless.

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The noblest and most lovable of the great philosophers ... ethically he is supreme. (Bertrand Russell)"