Cambridge Companions to Philosophy: The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza
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Cambridge Companions to Philosophy: The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza

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Benedict (Baruch) de Spinoza has been one of the most inspiring and influential philosophers of the modern era, yet also one of the most difficult and most frequently misunderstood. Spinoza sought to unify mind and body, science and religion, and to derive an ethics of reason, virtue, and freedom 'in geometrical order' from a monistic metaphysics. Of all the philosophical systems of the seventeenth century it is his that speaks most deeply to the twentieth century. The essays in this volume provide a clear and systematic exegesis of Spinoza's thought informed by the most recent scholarship. They cover his metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, psychology, ethics, political theory, theology, and scriptural interpretation, as well as his life and influence on later thinkers.
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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 27mm | 700g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521398657
  • 9780521398657
  • 468,852

Table of contents

Introduction Don Garrett; 1. Spinoza's life and works W. N. A. Klever; 2. Spinoza's metaphysics Jonathan Bennett; 3. Spinoza's theory of knowledge Margaret Dauler Wilson; 4. Spinoza's natural science and philosophy of science Alan Gabbey; 5. Spinoza's metaphysical psychology Michael della Rocca; 6. Spinoza's ethical theory Don Garrett; 7. Kissinger, Spinoza, and Genghis Khan Edwin Curley; 8. Spinoza's theology Alan Donagan; 9. Spinoza and Bible scholarship Richard Popkin; 10. Spinoza's reception and influence Pierre-Francois Moreau.
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'... wide-ranging, clear and informative collection of essays ...This volume provides a valuable vade mecum both for those who are starting and for others who are continuing to explore Spinoza's fascinating and provocative ideas.' David A. Pailin, The Expository Times
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'... wide-ranging, clear and informative collection of essays ...This volume provides a valuable vade mecum both for those who are starting and for others who are continuing to explore Spinoza's fascinating and provocative ideas.' David A. Pailin, The Expository Times "...a"detailed, coherent, accurate portrait of one of the most original and fruitful thinkers that humankind has yet produced"....useful to beginning students, but helpful to Spinoza scholars as well." Seventeenth-Century News "The breadth of Garrett's grasp of Spinoza's intellectual context is very impressive...[his] new approach to perennially difficult themes of Spinoza's system is highyl enlightening and clearly a valuable addition to Spinoza and Early Modern scholarship Review of Metaphysics
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About Don Garrett

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