Spinoza: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback

Spinoza: A Very Short Introduction Paperback

Part of the Very Short Introductions series

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Benedict de Spinoza (1632-77) was at once the father of the Enlightenment and the last sad guardian of the medieval world.

In his brilliant synthesis of geometrical method, religious sentiment, and secular science, he attempted to reconcile the conflicting moral and intellectual demands of his epoch, and to present a vision of humanity as simultaneously bound by necessity and eternally free.

In this book Roger Scruton presents a clear and systematic analysis of Spinoza's thought, and shows its relevance to today's intellectual preoccupations.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages, xiv halftones
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900
  • ISBN: 9780192803160



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Got this as a preliminary guide to Spinoza to supplement "A Book Forged in Hell". Some of it was useful, but a good deal seemed to me to wander into incomprehensible discussion of philosophical issues. The problem may be mine, since I have never studied philosophy in an organized way. As an introduction, however, this is too complex.