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Spinoza's Ethics
A Critical Guide


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Yitzhak Y. Melamed, Don Garrett, Warren Zev Harvey, John Morrison, Martin Lin, Alison Peterman, Yitzhak Melamed, John Carriero, Kristin Primus, Lia Levy, Lisa Shapiro, Pina Totaro, Colin Marshall, Samuel Newlands, Beth Lord, Michael Lebuffe
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  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107542822

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  • Spinoza's Ethics, published in 1677, is considered his greatest work and one of history's most influential philosophical treatises. This volume brings established scholars together with new voices to engage with the complex system of philosophy proposed by Spinoza in his masterpiece. Topics including identity, thought, free will, metaphysics, and reason are all addressed, as individual chapters investigate the key themes of the Ethics and combine to offer readers a fresh and thought-provoking view of the work as a whole. Written in a clear and accessible style, the volume sets out cutting-edge research that reflects, challenges, and promotes the most recent scholarly advances in the field of Spinoza studies, tackling old issues and bringing to light new subjects for debate.

    • An international team of new and established names combine to provide a variety of perspectives on this challenging and increasingly popular philosophical work
    • Chapters are clearly written and make use of cutting-edge research, presenting advanced thinking on Spinoza's masterpiece in an accessible way
    • The Ethics lays the foundations for modern philosophy, meaning that this volume will appeal to a wide range of scholars
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    'This new Cambridge Critical Guide to Spinoza's Ethics offers an extensive, thought-provoking, and up-to-date state of the scholarly conversation that surrounds one of Spinoza's most studied masterpieces.' Journal of the History of Philosophy

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    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107542822
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Yitzhak Y. Melamed
    1. The indiscernability of identicals and the transitivity of identity in Spinoza's logic of the attributes Don Garrett
    2. Spinoza and Maimonides on teleology and anthropocentrism Warren Zev Harvey
    3. Two puzzles about thought and identity in Spinoza John Morrison
    4. Spinoza and the mark of the mental Martin Lin
    5. The 'physical' interlude Alison Peterman
    6. The causes of our belief in free will: Spinoza on necessary, 'innate', yet false, cognition Yitzhak Melamed
    7. Conatus John Carriero
    8. Scientia intuitiva in the Ethics Kristin Primus
    9. Causa conscientiae' in Spinoza's Ethics Lia Levy
    10. Spinoza on the association of affects and the workings of the human mind Lisa Shapiro
    11. The terminology of the affects in Ethics parts three through five Pina Totaro
    12. Moral realism in Spinoza's Ethics Colin Marshall
    13. Spinoza and the metaphysics of perfection Samuel Newlands
    14. The free man and the free market: ethics, politics, and economics in Spinoza's Ethics IV Beth Lord
    15. Spinoza and the power of reason Michael LeBuffe.

  • Editor

    Yitzhak Y. Melamed, The Johns Hopkins University
    Yitzhak Y. Melamed is the Charlotte Bloomberg Professor of Philosophy at The Johns Hopkins University. He is the co-editor of Spinoza's 'Theological-Political Treatise': A Critical Guide (Cambridge, 2010) and of Spinoza and German Idealism (Cambridge, 2012).


    Yitzhak Y. Melamed, Don Garrett, Warren Zev Harvey, John Morrison, Martin Lin, Alison Peterman, Yitzhak Melamed, John Carriero, Kristin Primus, Lia Levy, Lisa Shapiro, Pina Totaro, Colin Marshall, Samuel Newlands, Beth Lord, Michael Lebuffe

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