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Ethics by Baruch Spinoza
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Here's video footage of a pretty good discussion of a great, frequently glossed over, and far too often underappreciated philosopher who is one of my favorite philosophers of all time:

Spinoza, A Discussion

Steven Nadler is an excellent authority on Spinoza and has written a few books on him. I really like Catherine Wilson as well from this and now have several of her books and articles on my to-read list.

The other guys are sort of annoying and make some rather disagreeable points in my opinion. Especially Mr. Blue Shirt and the guy who keeps going on about Freud because he doesn't seem to know about much else. But Nadler is solid and so is Catherine Wilson.


There are links to the entire work as published online here:

In Ethics, Spinoza attempts to demonstrate a "fully cohesive philosophical system that strives to provide a coherent picture of reality and to comprehend the meaning of an ethical life. Following a logical step-by-step format, it defines in turn the nature of God, the mind, human bondage to the emotions, and the power of understanding -- moving from a consideration of the eternal, to speculate upon humanity’s place in the natural order, freedom, and the path to attainable happiness."
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Bram Looking forward to watching some of that video. Nice review--you've sold me on checking out Spinoza.

Joshua Nomen-Mutatio Thanks. Hope you enjoy it.

Esteban del Mal How the hell did this review get by me?

Joshua Nomen-Mutatio Not really a "review" even in the fast and loose sense of a GR "review", but I'm glad you found the info worthwhile.

Also, I do have two real "reviews" up from the last two days...

Esteban del Mal Yeah, but the links! I need all the help I can get on Spinoza.

I've been slacking in my GR duties lately...will check out the reviews tonight. Good to see you writing them again.

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