Baruch Spinoza's Ethics

Baruch Spinoza's Ethics

by Gary Slater, Andreas Vrahimis

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Overview

Baruch Spinoza’s Ethics is a dense masterpiece of sustained argumentative reasoning. It earned its place as one of the most important and influential books in Western philosophy by virtue of its uncompromisingly direct arguments about the nature of God, the universe, free will, and human morals.

Though it remains one of the densest and most challenging texts in the entire canon of Western philosophy, Ethics is also famous for Spinoza’s unique approach to ordering and constructing its arguments. As its full title – Ethics, Demonstrated in Geometrical Order – suggests, Spinoza decided to use the rigorous format of mathematical-style propositions to lay out his arguments, just as the Ancient Greek mathematician Euclid had used geometrical propositions to lay out the basic rules of geometry.

In choosing such a systematic method, Spinoza’s masterwork shows the crucial aspects of good reasoning skills being employed at the highest level. The key use of reasoning is the production of an argument that is well-organised, supports its conclusions and proceeds logically towards its end. Just as a mathematician might demonstrate a geometrical proof, Spinoza sought to lay out a comprehensive philosophy for human existence – an attempt that has influenced generations of philosophers since.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780429939778
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/21/2018
Series: Macat Library
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 949,041
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dr Gary Slater holds a DPhil in theology and religion from the Univeristy of Oxford. He is currently a faculty member at St Edwards University, Texas.

Andreas Vrahimis is the author of Encounters between Analytic and Continental Philosophy (2013). He teaches at the Univeristy of Cyprus.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the text  Who was Baruch Spinoza?  What does Ethics say?  Why does Ethics matter?  Section 1: Influences  Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context  Module 2: Academic Context  Module 3: The Problem  Module 4: The Author's Contribution  Section 2: Ideas  Module 5: Main Ideas  Module 6: Secondary Ideas  Module 7: Achievement  Module 8: Place in the Author's Work  Section 3: Impact  Module 9: The First Responses  Module 10: The Evolving Debate  Module 11: Impact and Influence Today  Module 12: Where Next?  Glossary of Terms  People Mentioned in the Text  Works Cited

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