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Description - Ethics by Benedict de Spinoza

Translated by W.H.White and A.K.Stirling. With an Introduction by Don Garrett. Benedict de Spinoza lived a life of blameless simplicity as a lens-grinder in Holland. And yet in his lifetime he was expelled from the Jewish community in Amsterdam as a heretic, and after his death his works were first banned by the Christian authorities as atheistic, then hailed by humanists as the gospel of Pantheism. His 'Ethics Demonstrated in Geometrical Orde shows us the reality behind this enigmatic figure. First published by his friends after his premature death at the age of forty-four, the 'Ethics' uses the methods of Euclid to describe a single entity, properly called both 'God' and 'Nature', of which mind and matter are two manifestations. From this follow, in ways that are strikingly modern, the identity of mind and body, the necessary causation of events and actions, and the illusory nature of free will. AUTHOR: Benedictus de Spinoza (1632 - 1677) was a Dutch philosopher of Portuguese-Jewish origin. He is considered to be one of Western philosophy's most important philosophers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781840221190
ISBN-10: 1840221194
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 19mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Benedict de Spinoza

Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677), Dutch philosopher born of Portuguese-Jewish parents. An independent thinker, Spinoza declined offers of academic posts and pursued his individual philosophical inquiry, earning his living as a grinder of lenses. He was a major figure in 17th Century Rationalism and is regarded as the most eminent expounder of Pantheism. He believed that God, the Universe and Nature are one and everything in the Universe is part of God. Ethics was his major work and was published posthumously in 1677.

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