Spinoza's Book of Life
Freedom and Redemption in the Ethics
By (author) Steven B. Smith
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Spinoza's Book of Life by Steven B. Smith
Book DescriptionMost readers of Spinoza treat him as a pure metaphysician, a grim determinist, or a stoic moralist, but none of these descriptions captures the author of the Ethics, argues Steven B. Smith in this intriguing book. Offering a new reading of Spinoza's masterpiece, Smith asserts that the Ethics is a celebration of human freedom and its attendant joys and responsibilities and should be placed among the great founding documents of the Enlightenment. Two aspects of Smith's book distinguish it from other studies. It treats the famous "geometrical method" of the Ethics as a form of moral rhetoric, a model for the construction of individuality. And it presents the Ethics as a companion to Spinoza's major work of political philosophy, the Theologico-Political Treatise, each work helping to explore the problem of freedom. Affirming Spinoza's centrality for both critics and defenders of modernity, the book will be of value to students of political theory, philosophy, and intellectual history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300100198
(210mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 28-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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Who ought to govern? Why should I obey the law? What is the proper education for a citizen and a statesman? These questions probe some of the deepest and most enduring problems that every society confronts, regardless of time and place. This book introduces the wide terrain of political philosophy through the classic texts of the discipline.
Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Paperback (May 2012)
Abraham Lincoln never wrote a book: his ideas are contained in speeches, letters, and various occasional writings. This title shows that Lincoln deserves to be counted among the great political philosophers.
Cambridge Companion to Leo Strauss, Hardback (May 2009)» View all books by Steven B. Smith
The volume provides a comprehensive and non-partisan survey of the major themes and problems that constituted Strauss's work.
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Author Biography - Steven B. Smith
Steven B. Smith is Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science at Yale University.
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