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Complete Works

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The only single edition of the Spinoza corpus available in English, this volume features Samuel Shirley's pre-eminent translations of Ethics; Theological-Political Treatise; Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect; Metaphysical Thoughts; The Letters; Principles of Cartesian Philosophy; and Political Treatise. Also includes The Short Treatise on God, Man, and His Well-B ...more
Hardcover, 967 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Hackett Publishing Company (first published 1677)
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Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
doing a "review" now, even though I have only read The Ethics, some of the Letters and a few other bits and bobs, because I will just be bouncing around it a bit over the rest of the year and could not be bothered to leave it on my "currently reading".

Simply put, if you want to read more than the Ethics, this is the book to get - lovely hardback edition, excellently translated.

as for the Spinster himself, well, I am certainly not qualified to say much more than that the structure of his argume
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Spinoza, I must sadly confess, has turned out to be a partial disappointment. This may be down to a simple inability to understand him, or the caution with which he necessarily wrote, and I will certainly have to re-read this in a year or two after some time for digestion, but I suspect that it has more to do with his position on the watershed at which the Dark Ages finally faded and the Enlightenment began to take shape. All the elements for which Spinoza has received so much credit are here to ...more
Aug 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Ok, read the Ethics one for the bias -- the TTP and the TP are underrated as fuck.

Reading guide for the TTP, skip to Chapter 16, read to the end, and then go back to chapter 4, then read 1-16. You'll see.

I would read the TP after Ethics book 4. They are a nice pair.
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Baruch Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher. The breadth and importance of Spinoza's work was not fully realized until many years after his death. By laying the groundwork for the 18th-century Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism, including modern conceptions of the self and, arguably, the universe, he came to be considered one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy.
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“Most of those who have written about the Affects, and men’s way of living, seem to treat, not of natural things, which follow the common laws of nature, but of things that are outside nature. Indeed they seem to conceive man in nature as a dominion within a dominion. For they believe that man disturbs, rather than follows, the order of nature, that he has absolute power over his actions, and that he is determined only by himself.” 0 likes
“I shall treat the nature and power of the Affects, and the power of the Mind over them, by the same Method by which, in the preceding parts, I treated God and the Mind, and I shall consider human actions and appetites just as if it were a Question of lines, planes, and bodies.” 0 likes
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