ISBN 9781846841804,Reader's Guides: Spinoza's Ethics

Reader's Guides: Spinoza's Ethics



Continuum International Publishing Group

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9781846841804

ISBN-10 1846841801

Paper Back

Number of Pages 184 Pages
Language (English)

Ethics & moral philosophy

Continuum Readers Guides are clear concise and accessible introductions to classic works of philosophy. Each book explores the major themes, historical and philosophical context and key passages of a major philosophical text, guiding the reader toward a thorough understanding of often demanding material. Ideal for undergraduate students, the guides provide an essential resource for anyone who needs to get to grips with a philosophical text.

The Ethics is one of the undisputed masterworks of early modern philosophy. In this single volume Spinoza offers the reader an unorthodox account of God, a novel version of the mind-body relation, a systematic theory of the emotions and a detailed prescription for human virtue and blessedness. Too controversial to be published during his lifetime, it was surreptitiously printed by Spinozas friends after his death. This introduction to the text is the ideal companion to study, offering guidance on:

Philosophical and historical context Key themes Reading the text Reception and influence Further reading
Table of Contents
Spinoza and the Ethics: background and context
Main themes and influences
Reading the text: On God; On the nature and origin of the mind; On the origin and nature of the affects
Of human bondage, or the power of the emotions; On the power of the intellect, or on human freedom
The influence of the Ethics
Notes for further reading