Spinoza; a Handbook to the Ethics by James Allanson PictonSpinoza; a Handbook to the Ethics by James Allanson Picton

Spinoza; a Handbook to the Ethics

byJames Allanson Picton

Paperback | February 1, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907. Excerpt: ... PAKT V THE POWER OF THE INTELLECT; OR, THE FREEDOM OF MAN To bring home to the modern English mind the practical Method oi adopted. common-sense forming the core of Spinoza's teaching in the concluding Part of his Ethics, it seems best to abandon even more entirely than we have done in the immediately previous Parts, any attempt to fit together in their socalled mathematical order the successive steps of the argument. Instead of that, we may try to present the Practical. issues kept practical results of the argument in such a form as may chiefly in be available for the guidance of daily life.1 "ew' The first thing to be fixed in our minds is familiar Kecapituia tion of the enough if we have followed the Master to this point; but doctrine of it may need reiteration. Por the freedom expounded is' not that of caprice or self-will, but simply action without / compulsion or restraint from without. And by compulsion or restraint from without is meant any impelling or deterring influence which is not spontaneously2 generated within the area of the man's nature considered as a finite 1 The preface may, for our purpose, be ignored. For it is mainly a discussion of Descartes' quite fanciful speculations on the pineal gland, and also of that illustrious philosopher's dualistic theory of body and soul, a theory utterly alien to Spinoza's doctrine of the identity of the two. 2 'Spontaneously' in the sense of John iv. 14: 'The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everasindepen-expression of God. Thus no man is free who acts through dence of r influences hope of Heaven or fear of Hell, or through the impul outside our ox proper sion or restraint exercised by any other pleasure desired nature. or penalty feared. Because, of cours...
Title:Spinoza; a Handbook to the EthicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217057241

ISBN - 13:9780217057240

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