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Spinoza's Ethics

An Edinburgh Philosophical Guide

Beth Lord

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A step-by-step guide to Spinoza's Ethics.

The Ethics presents a complete metaphysical, epistemological and ethical world-view that is immensely inspiring. However, it is also an extremely difficult text to read. This book takes readers through the text, stopping at the most perplexing passages to explain key terms, unfold arguments, offer concrete examples and raise questions for further thought. It is designed to be read alongside the Ethics, enabling students to think critically about Spinoza's views and build an understanding of his complex system.


Series Editor's Preface
List of Figures
1. A Guide to the Text
Part I: Being, Substance, God, Nature
Part II: Minds, Bodies, Experience, and Knowledge
Part III: The Affects
Part IV: Virtue, Ethics, and Politics
Part V: Freedom and Eternity
2. Study Aids
Further Reading
Types of Question You Will Encounter
Tips for Writing about Spinoza

About the Author

Beth Lord is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. She is the author of Kant and Spinozism: Transcendental Idealism and Immanence from Jacobi to Deleuze (2011) and Spinoza’s Ethics: an Edinburgh Philosophical Guide (2010), and editor of Spinoza Beyond Philosophy (2012) and the Bloomsbury Companion to Continental Philosophy (2009).


In this engaging and unpretentious introduction Beth Lord guides the beginning student through the maze of propositions and axioms of Spinoza's Ethics with unflagging patience and encouragement. Teachers and students alike should welcome this new addition to Spinoza studies.
- Professor Moira Gatens, University of Sydney, Australia

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