Spinoza: A Very Short Introduction
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Benedict de Spinoza (1632-77) was at once the father of the Enlightenment and the last sad guardian of the medieval world. In his brilliant synthesis of geometrical method, religious sentiment, and secular science, he attempted to reconcile the conflicting moral and intellectual demands of his epoch, and to present a vision of humanity as simultaneously bound by necessity and eternally free. In this book Roger Scruton presents a clear and systematic analysis of Spinoza's thought, and shows its relevance to today's intellectual preoccupations. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 106 x 170 x 12mm | 117.93g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • xiv halftones
  • 0192803166
  • 9780192803160
  • 71,194

About Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton was Lecturer in Philosophy 1971-79, Reader 1979-85, and Professor of Aesthetics 1985-92 at Birkbeck College, University of London.show more

Review quote

'His exposition is beautifully lucid.' * Expository Times * Review from previous edition 'an interesting and provocative guide' * Christian Science Monitor *show more

Table of contents

Preface ; 1. Life and Character ; 2. Background ; 3. God ; 4. Man ; 5. Freedom ; 6. The Body Politic ; 7. Spinoza's Legacy ; Glossary ; Further Reading ; Indexshow more

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