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The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza's Ethics


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Ollie Koistinen, Valtteri Viljanen, Piet Steenbakkers, Andreas Schmidt, Jon Miller, Charles Jarrett, Diane Steinberg, Michael LeBuffe, Susan James, Andrew Youpa, Martin Lin, Don Garrett
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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521853392

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  • Since its publication in 1677, Spinoza's Ethics has fascinated philosophers, novelists, and scientists alike. It is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and contested works of Western philosophy. Written in an austere, geometrical fashion, the work teaches us how we should live, ending with an ethics in which the only thing good in itself is understanding. Spinoza argues that only that which hinders us from understanding is bad and shows that those endowed with a human mind should devote themselves, as much as they can, to a contemplative life. This Companion volume provides a detailed, accessible exposition of the Ethics. Written by an internationally known team of scholars, it is the first anthology to treat the whole of the Ethics and is written in an accessible style.

    • First anthology in which the whole of the Ethics is systematically treated
    • Spinoza's Ethics is one of the most exciting, controversial, and widely studied texts in the history of philosophy
    • Technical language is avoided or explained to allow the reader to understand this important text
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    'Olli Koistinen's 'companion' to Spinoza's Ethics is exactly what it claims to be. … The methodological breadth of the contributions is impressive.' British Journal for the History of Philosophy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521853392
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 158 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Olli Koistinen and Valtteri Viljanen
    1. The textual history of Spinoza's Ethics Piet Steenbakkers
    2. The geometrical order in the Ethics Piet Steenbakkers
    3. Spinoza's ontology Valtteri Viljanen
    4. Substance monism and identity theory in Spinoza Andreas Schmidt
    5. Spinoza and the Stoics on substance monism Jon Miller
    6. Spinoza on necessity Charles Jarrett
    7. Knowledge in Spinoza's Ethics Diane Steinberg
    8. Spinoza on action Ollie Koistinen
    9. The anatomy of the passions Michael LeBuffe
    10. Freedom, slavery, and the passions Susan James
    11. Spinoza's theory of the good Andrew Youpa
    12. The power of reason in Spinoza Martin Lin
    13. Spinoza on the essence of the human body and the part of the mind that is eternal Don Garrett.

  • Editor

    Olli Koistinen, University of Turku, Finland
    Olli Koistinen is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Turku in Finland. He is the co-editor, with John Biro, of Spinoza: Metaphysical Themes.


    Ollie Koistinen, Valtteri Viljanen, Piet Steenbakkers, Andreas Schmidt, Jon Miller, Charles Jarrett, Diane Steinberg, Michael LeBuffe, Susan James, Andrew Youpa, Martin Lin, Don Garrett

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