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- DescriptionTranslated by W.H.White and A.K.Stirling. With an Introduction by Don Garrett. Benedict de Spiza lived a life of blameless simplicity as a lens-grinder in Holland. And yet in his lifetime he was expelled from the Jewish community in Amsterdam as a heretic, and after his death his works were first banned by the Christian authorities as atheistic, then hailed by humanists as the gospel of Pantheism. His Ethics Demonstrated in Geometrical Order shows us the reality behind this enigmatic figure. First published by his friends after his premature death at the age of forty-four, the Ethics uses the methods of Euclid to describe a single entity, properly called both 'God' and 'Nature', of which mind and matter are two manifestations. From this follow, in ways that are strikingly modern, the identity of mind and body, the necessary causation of events and actions, and the illusory nature of free will.
- Author BiographyBenedict de Spinoza (1632-1677), Dutch philosopher born of Portuguese-Jewish parents. An independent thinker, Spinoza declined offers of academic posts and pursued his individual philosophical inquiry, earning his living as a grinder of lenses. He was a major figure in 17th Century Rationalism and is regarded as the most eminent expounder of Pantheism. He believed that God, the Universe and Nature are one and everything in the Universe is part of God. Ethics was his major work and was published posthumously in 1677.
- Author(s)Benedict de Spinoza
- PublisherWordsworth Editions Ltd
- Date of Publication05/03/2001
- SubjectHistory of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
- Series TitleWordsworth Classics of World Literature
- Place of PublicationHerts
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintWordsworth Editions Ltd
- Content Noteindex
- Weight231 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Translated byA. K. Stirling,W. H. White
- Series Edited byTom Griffith
- Introduction byDon Garrett
- Edition StatementNew edition
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