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Edited and translated by G. H. R. Parkinson

Publication Date - August 2000

ISBN: 9780198752141

368 pages

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $44.99

Part of the successful Oxford Philosophical Texts series


The Oxford Philosophical Texts series consists of truly practical and accessible guides to major philosophical texts in the history of philosophy from the ancient world up to modern times. Each book opens with a comprehensive introduction by a leading specialist which covers the philosopher's life, work, and influence. Endnotes, a full bibliography, guides to further reading, and an index are also included. The series aims to build a definitive corpus of key texts in the Western philosophical tradition, forming a reliable and enduring resource for students and teachers alike.
One of the classical texts of philosophy, Spinoza's Ethics is also one of the most difficult to understand. It discusses the nature of human beings, the way in which a rational person might live, the nature of God, and true freedom and how it can be attained. This volume features a new, lucid translation of Ethics enhanced by a comprehensive guide to Spinoza's work. An extensive introduction includes a short biography of Spinoza; help in understanding the form of Spinoza's writing and his own particular use of definitions; an introduction to the philosophy of Ethics; and a summary of Ethics. Further aids include a glossary of terms, notes to the text, and notes to the translation.

Table of Contents

    Part 1: Introductory Material
    How to Use This Book
    List of Abbreviations
    Editor's Introduction
    1. Life and Works
    2. 'Demonstrated in Geometrical Order'
    3. The Starting-Points of Ethics: Axioms, Postulates, and Definitions
    4. Substance and Attributes
    5. The Modes of Extension
    6. The Modes of Thought
    7. Causation and Necessity
    8. Truth and the Kinds of Knowledge
    9. Conatus
    10. The Emotions
    11. The Moral Philosophy of the Ethics
    12. The Influence of the Ethics
    Selected Bibliography
    A Summary of Spinoza's Ethics
    Notes on the Transition
    Part 2: The Text
    Ethics, Demonstrated in Geometrical Order
    Part One: On God
    Part Two: On the Nature and Origin of the Mind
    Part Three: On the Origin and Nature of Emotions
    Part Four: On Human Servitude, or On the Strength of Emotions
    Part Five: On the Power of the Intellect, or On Human Freedom
    Part 3: Supplementary Material
    Notes to the Ethics
    Index of References
    Index of Names and Subjects