- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 29, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192803166
- ISBN-13: 978-0192803160
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.4 x 4.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spinoza: A Very Short Introduction
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About the Author
Roger Scruton was Lecturer in Philosophy 1971-79, Reader 1979-85, and Professor of Aesthetics 1985-92 at Birkbeck College, University of London.
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The book however is very readable and avoids abstract technical and philosophical terms. I didn't get as much as I hoped, but I did get enough to give this book a qualified recommendation. Unfortunately, if you go on to more demanding books, this little book will be of only marginal help.
I read another book I picked up from the library called "Lectures on the philosophy of Spinoza": this book was much easier to understand and I found it much better.
But this small introduction is both excellent, clear and concise. What more could you ever ask of a Philosophy book?
I wish there was a study of Spinoza that translated his wording and pseudo mathematics into real logical statements. With a background in both, mathematics and logic, I find him incomprehensible.
It seems there are three ways to approach Spinoza: metaphysical, academic (historical), and political.
If you're in one of the latter two categories, then you should heed the reviews that trashed this book and look elsewhere. But if you're a truth-seeker, this is the book for you.
If you're new to Spinoza, another accessible, enlightening introduction is Stuart Hampshire's Spinoza. It would be a good follow-up to this book. Be sure to have a copy of Spinoza's Ethics to read alongside. A further source of Spinoza-based inspiration is Spinoza's "On the Improvement of the Understanding". It is available online at several sites.