The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza's Ethics

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-08-31
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Since its publication in 1677, Spinoza's Ethics has fascinated philosophers, novelists, and scientists alike. It is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and contested works of Western philosophy. Written in an austere, geometrical fashion, the work teaches us how we should live, ending with an ethics in which the only thing good in itself is understanding. Spinoza argues that only that which hinders us from understanding is bad and shows that those endowed with a human mind should devote themselves, as much as they can, to a contemplative life. This Companion volume provides a detailed, accessible exposition of the Ethics. Written by an internationally known team of scholars, it is the first anthology to treat the whole of the Ethics and is written in an accessible style.

Author Biography

Olli Koistinen is professor of philosophy at the University of Turku in Finland. He is the co-editor, with John Biro, of Spinoza: Metaphysical Themes.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors pagep. vii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Textual History of Spinoza's Ethicsp. 26
The Geometrical Order in the Ethicsp. 42
Spinoza's Ontologyp. 56
Substance Monism and Identity Theory in Spinozap. 79
Spinoza and the Stoics on Substance Monismp. 99
Spinoza on Necessityp. 118
Knowledge in Spinoza's Ethicsp. 140
Spinoza on Actionp. 167
The Anatomy of the Passionsp. 188
Freedom, Slavery, and the Passionsp. 223
Spinoza's Theory of the Goodp. 242
The Power of Reason in Spinozap. 258
Spinoza on the Essence of the Human Body and the Part of the Mind That Is Externalp. 284
Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 317
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