A Spinoza Reader

Paperback, 280 pages

English language

Published Sept. 8, 1994 by Princeton University Press.

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This anthology of the work of Baruch de Spinoza (1632-1677) presents the text of Spinoza's masterwork, the Ethics , in what is now the standard translation by Edwin Curley. Also included are selections from other works by Spinoza, chosen by Curley to make the Ethics easier to understand, and a substantial introduction that gives an overview of Spinoza's life and the main themes of his philosophy. Perfect for course use, the Spinoza Reader is a practical tool with which to approach one of the world's greatest but most difficult thinkers, a passionate seeker of the truth who has been viewed by some as an atheist and by others as a religious mystic.

The anthology begins with the opening section of the Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect , which has always moved readers by its description of the young Spinoza's spiritual quest, his dissatisfaction with the things people ordinarily …

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  • Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Monism
  • Neo-Parmenideanism
  • Conceptualism
  • Realism
  • Rationalism
  • Foundationalism
  • Natural Theology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Metaphysics
  • Cartesianism
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Political Theory
  • Modernity
  • Enlightenment