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- ASIN : B09B8LYDB6
- Publication date : July 25, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 53962 KB
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- Print length : 186 pages
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"But we are necessarily acted on (by P1) insofar as we have inadequate ideas, and only insofar as we have them (by P3) are we acted on, that is (see IIP40S) necessarily we are acted on only insofar as we imagine, or (see IIP17 and P17S) insofar as we are affected with an affect which involves both the nature of our body and the nature of an external body."
Nonetheless, Spinoza's theories were revolutionary, and it is an impressive feat to derive a comprehensive theory of nature, the mind and ethics in this fashion.
A further surprise is that Spinoza proceeds mostly according to a Euclidean model. Influenced by Descartes, Spinoza thinks that the universe can be understood by axioms and deductions just as in a geometric proof.
This is, of course, all intellectual history. Spinoza reasoned that the Jewish God could not exist because, being infinite, it makes no sense to conceive of him creating a finite universe. Thus, the universe itself must be necessary and infinite, with no real distinction between it and the deity.
But, if there’s anything astrophysics is certain of it is that our universe is far from necessary. We can easily imagine other universes, governed by different rules that could have been just as real as our own. Since Spinoza builds so much of his system on a necessary universe it seems like this is an Achilles heel in his thought.
But he still makes for engaging reading. His book is really a shorter summa a la the writings of the great works of the Middle Ages. From the nature of God, to the nature of the universe, to the secret to the virtuous and happiest life, Spinoza’s system is all encompassing. Highly recommended to all readers interested in the transition from medieval to modern philosophy.
I find it impossible to read this edition since the fonts are super tiny. I regret the purchase of this version, for such a great book. Buy any other one but this!
This guy was a game changer in the world of old world philosophy.
So they say.
So I bought in to read up and WOW...
There are gems. Yes. Reviews say that. But one must DIG to get them.
Tread Well ! Good Luck. It ain't easy, y'all erudites and erudition-aspirates !
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As for the text itself; yes, it is, as one reviewer has pointed out, rather hard going. It is, however, well worth persevering with the text, particularly if you are fond of arguing, debates, exploring logic etc.
Whatever you may think of Spinoza's conclusions, Ethics is certainly a better read than any modern nonsense which the general buying public praise as 'profound.'
See Curley's "Collected Works of Spinoza", which is more expensive, but the footnotes are very useful.