Ethics (Penguin Classics)

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Published shortly after his death in 1677, Ethics is undoubtedly Spinoza’s greatest work—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. A powerful work of elegant simplicity, Ethics is a brilliantly insightful consideration of the possibility of redemption through intense thought and philosophical reflection.
First time in Penguin Classics
Edwin Curley's translation is considered definitive
Inlcudes an introduction outlining Spinoza's philosophy and placing it in context

Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (July 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140435719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140435719
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

Practical philosophy, Immanent philosophy

7 people found this helpful.
 on November 21, 2014
By Eric Scrivner
Spinoza’s “Ethics” is first and foremost a practical philosophy for everyday living. And for the deep sense of acceptance and joy I experienced during and after reading it – I can say it was definitely worth the read. It’s also, however, a work of sustained philosophical brilliance. A philosophy of immanence, in which economy of principles prevails as an attempt is made to explain existence through one single thing – Substance/God/Nature, three words for this one thing. There is no Cartesian mind/body dualism here, but instead a philosophy that seeks to show how to mind and body are united. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say the book is great and challenging thoughtscape.

Philosophy at it’s finest…

 on July 6, 2016
By Kindle Customer
Spinoza was, and will most likely always will be, one of the greatest philosophers. Ethics is the most comprehensive treatise on the human mind and how it is the core of every aspect of our lives. Breaking down emotions, beliefs, reactions and why we experience them. His logic and presentation is hard to find fault with. It’s not the easiest book to read, but well worth it if you take the time to really comprehend the full picture. T just goes to show that a 17th century mind was no less advanced than any of the great thinkers of modern day. You don’t have to agree with every philosophy within the pages to truly enjoy the beauty of its well thought out explanation. Recommended to anyone who likes to keep an open mind and learn from other peoples perspectives.

Five Stars

 on January 3, 2017
By faisal H.
Received as expected. Spinoza’a works are must-reads and one can’t go wrong with this profound philosophical treaty [Ethics.]

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on March 22, 2015
By Wandering Swan
Very fine Pantheistic arguments, given in exhaustive Double Dutch by an excommunicated Jew of the 17th century.

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on March 28, 2015
By D
This is a great book, but a bit hard to read and understand.

Five Stars

 on December 10, 2014
By Glen Simister
Terrific book. Fast shipping.

Important historic philosophical writing

2 people found this helpful.
 on March 19, 2011
By Donald Meeker
Spinosa, a Jew from Portugal, converted to Christianity in

YAY Spinoza

 on December 10, 2013
By Lea McNoldy
I love Spinoza! He is definitely a good and interesting read. He has a different style of writing philosophical thought but I actually think it is helpful! I would recommend this to all Philosophy Majors.

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