Ethics: with The Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect and Selected Letters (Hackett Classics) 2nd Edition
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Professor Shirley has provided a translation which is fluent, eminently readable, and responsive to current research into Spinoza's thought. Where a particular passage is difficult or obscure, Shirley never attempts to interpose himself between the reader and Spinoza, nor to side with one or another competing school of interpretation. This makes his translation not just an ideal introduction for the reader new to Spinoza, but also a trustworthy source of insight for the more advanced reader. --Lee C. Rice, Marquette University
About the Author
Samuel Shirley, (1912-2006), was Classics Exhibitioner of Balliol College, Oxford, and Latin Lecturer at Cardiff University.
- Publisher : Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; 2nd edition (November 1, 1992)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 297 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0872201309
- ISBN-13 : 978-0872201309
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.75 x 8.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #310,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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a considerable added attraction is the translator's preface, which is an extremely helpful dictionary of spinoza's key concepts, and the introduction by editor seymour feldman, which is a synopsis of a seminar on spinoza's philosophy. almost by itself worth the price of the book is the single paragraph explicating the difference between "natura naturans" and "natura naturata", spinoza's terms for the dual attributes of "substance" (which spinoza radically reinterpreted as the lawful and physical "god in nature") and the lawfulness and interpretability of what we would today informally call "reality".
my single complaint is that the book i received is printed on high quality newsprint paper, which makes the volume less durable to time and treatment and to the reader's highlighting or marginal notes. if that might be an issue, get the hardback complete works.