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Spinoza: A Very Short Introduction

Roger Scruton

Publication Date - August 2002

ISBN: 9780192803160

144 pages

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Father of the Enlightenment and the last guardian of the medieval world, Spinoza made a brilliant attempt to reconcile the conflicting moral and intellectual demands of his epoch and to present a vision of man as simultaneously bound by necessity and eternally free. Ostracized by the Jewish community in Amsterddam to which he was born, Spinoza developed a political philosophy that set out to justify the secular state ruled by a liberal constitution, and a metaphysics that sought to reconcile human freedom with a belief in scientific explanation. Here, Roger Scruton presents a clear and systematic analysis of Spinoza's thought and shows its relevance to today's intellectual preoccupations.


  • Displays the relevance of Spinoza's thought to today's intellectual preoccupations
  • Accessible for non-specialists
  • Illustrated, with updated bibliography

About the Author(s)

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


Review from previous edition: "...an interesting and provocative guide'"--Christian Science Monitor

"His exposition is beautifully lucid."--Expository Times

Table of Contents

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

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