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Description - Spinoza's Book of Life by Steven B. Smith

Most 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 Smith in this 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. Smith's book treats the famous "geometrical method" of the "Ethics" as a form of moral rhetoric, a model for the construction of individuality. It also 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 should be of value to students of political theory, philosophy and intellectual history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300100198
ISBN-10: 0300100191
Format: Hardback
(209mm x 139mm x 19mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 10-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Steven B. Smith

Steven B. Smith is Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He is also the author of Spinoza, Liberalism, and the Question of Jewish Identity (ISBN 0 300 07665 7, pb. [pound]11.95), also published by Yale University Press.

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