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Baruch Spinoza - (1632-1677) Jewish-Portuguese-Dutch Philosopher

Devoted to the doctrine of the philosopher and rationalist, Baruch (or Benedictus) Spinoza - one of the most important philosophers, includes an examination of Spinoza's ethics, correspondence, and criticism.


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The Philosophy of Spinoza

The Philosophy of Spinoza is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by Benedictus de Spinoza is in the English language, and may not include graphics or images from the original edition. If you enjoy the works of Benedictus de Spinoza then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection.

The Philosophy of Spinoza


Spinoza: Complete Works

The only single edition of the Spinoza corpus available in English, this volume features Samuel Shirley's pre-eminent translations of Ethics; Theological-Political Treatise; Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect; Metaphysical Thoughts; The Letters; Principles of Cartesian Philosophy; and Political Treatise. Also includes The Short Treatise on God, Man, and His Well-Being, and Hebrew Grammar. Michael Morgan provides a general Introduction that places Spinoza in Western philosophy and culture, and sketches the philosophical, scientific, and religious moral and political dimensions of Spinoza's thought. Brief introductions to each work give succinct historical and philosophical overviews. A bibliography and index are also included.

Spinoza: Complete Works


Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity (Jewish Encounters)

In 1656, Amsterdam’s Jewish community excommunicated Baruch Spinoza, and, at the age of twenty–three, he became the most famous heretic in Judaism. He was already germinating a secularist challenge to religion that would be as radical as it was original. He went on to produce one of the most ambitious systems in the history of Western philosophy, so ahead of its time that scientists today, from string theorists to neurobiologists, count themselves among Spinoza’s progeny.

In Betraying Spinoza, Rebecca Goldstein sets out to rediscover the flesh-and-blood man often hidden beneath the veneer of rigorous rationality, and to crack the mystery of the breach between the philosopher and his Jewish past. Goldstein argues that the trauma of the Inquisition’s persecution of its forced Jewish converts plays itself out in Spinoza’s philosophy. The excommunicated Spinoza, no less than his excommunicators, was responding to Europe’s first experiment with racial anti-Semitism.

Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity (Jewish Encounters)


The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy)

Benedict (Baruch) de Spinoza has been one of the most inspiring and influential philosophers of the modern era, yet also one of the most difficult and most frequently misunderstood. The essays in this volume provide a clear and systematic exegesis of Spinoza's thought informed by the most recent scholarship. They cover his metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, psychology, ethics, political theory, theology, and scriptural interpretation, as well as his life and influence on later thinkers.

The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy)


Hegel or Spinoza

Hegel or Spinoza is the first English-language translation of the modern classic Hegel ou Spinoza. Published in French in 1979, it has been widely influential, particularly in the work of the philosophers Alain Badiou, Antonio Negri, and Gilles Deleuze.

Hegel or Spinoza is a surgically precise interrogation of the points of misreading of Spinoza by Hegel. Pierre Macherey explains the necessity of Hegel’s misreading in the kernel of thought that is “indigestible” for Hegel, which makes the Spinozist system move in a way that Hegel cannot grasp. In doing so, Macherey exposes the limited and situated truth of Hegel’s perspective—which reveals more about Hegel himself than about his object of analysis. Against Hegel’s characterization of Spinoza’s work as immobile, Macherey offers a lively alternative that upsets the accepted historical progression of philosophical knowledge. He finds in Spinoza an immanent philosophy that is not subordinated to the guarantee of an a priori truth.

Not simply authorizing a particular reading—a “good” Spinoza against a “bad” Hegel—Hegel or Spinoza initiates an encounter that produces a new understanding, a common truth that emerges in the interval that separates the two.

Hegel or Spinoza


The Collected Works of Spinoza, Volume I

Prior to this work there has been no uniform English edition of Spinoza's complete opera including his letters. Curley's objectives were: good translations based on the standard critical edition of the original texts (Gebhardt's four-volume edition of 1925); comprehensiveness; uniformity; chronological arrangement (this volume contains the Ethics and the four early works which preceded it); and ``a good deal more in the way of scholarly aid'' than is usual in a translation. This latter consists of prefaces to each work, voluminous notes, and three versions of a glossary-index of key terms with their equivalents (English, Latin, and Dutch). Curley succeeds on all counts in this invaluable aid to an understanding of an important, but difficult, rationalist philosopher. Volume 2 will complete the collection. Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Lib., Washington, D.C. Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The Collected Works of Spinoza, Volume I


Improvement of the Understanding

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Improvement of the Understanding


Ethica. English

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Ethica. English


My personal take on life and living based, partly, in what I preceive from the teachings of Baruch Spinoza

I believe in Spinoza's God, that there is only One Substance and it is uncreated and that everything else is an attribute of this one substance. The way I understand him is that its not pantheism as many people would like to believe because it is not neccessary to call this substance "God" (substance works just fine). I don't like the term "god" because there is a major concept that goes with the term that causes people to not be able to reason correctly when the term is used or when anything is spoken of in association with the term god or specially God.

As for "faith", my primary ancestry is Hebrew Israelite, so, I base my concept of faith on the Hebraic prespective. The easiest way to explain it is through a few examples:

I have faith that airplanes will fly and is not likely to fall out of ths sky. I have this faith in airplanes because they have been demonstrated to fly and in adverse conditions. I have faith in the people who build many of the airplanes because they have demonstrated that they have proper knowledge to build an airplane with the intent of it working correctly. If a major builder of aircrafts, build and place an aircraft on the market, I have faith in that builder based on past performance.

That is the only way I can accept faith. Thus, as it was taught to me by my Hebraic ancesters and my Native American ancesters - one place faith in those things or persons who have proven to be trustworthy. Some times you place trust in a person or thing to test it to see if its trustworthy, but that is not the same thing as faith in that person or thing. I have Native American ancestry and our concept of faith from that heritage is aligned with my Hebraic heritage.

Judaism is called an Abrahamic religion and much of what people believe about faith from the Hebrew scriptures is based in Christianity and the Septuagint (which is of the Greek mindset instead of the Hebrew thoughts). Before that much of Israel was under the Babyloian influence of thought - which neither Judaism nor Christianity wish to acknowledge. But there are other sources that show the Hebraic perspective beyound these sources.

Bottom line though, I believe in a more modern concept (of my own design) instead of trying to live any one ancient concept of God and Faith. Understanding the ancient concepts help me formulate my own current concepts, relative to global understanding today (balanced, as much as possible, between all the sciences, spiritual disciplines and philosophies that I have studied).

How exactly does one "choose" to believe in God?

That is a serious question and if I may, I would like to answer the question. Gods are a concept in the minds of every individual (wheather believer or non-believer) who has been exposed to the term god. Some people share the same concepts and others argue against those who do not share their concept of god or gods. No one can excape having a concept of what god is or is not!

When one consider that the basic meaning of "God" is a "Supreme Being", then one can choose to believe that such a "being" exist or not exist - based upon what you already believe about the concept of the term "being". Then it comes down to what you believe about "supreme" - that is, can one being actually be supreme?

If one only consider the many attributes that are attached to the concept of a Supreme Being, then by default, that person already believes in a supreme being but is either accepting or rejecting the attributes associated with a given concept of a supreme being. Thus, depending upon how deep (what level of analogy) one wish to search into the subject, they can choose to accept or reject concepts concerning any or all ideas of a supreme being. Or, one could conclude that the Supreme Being is actually "real" (has existence) and that everyone else have a misconception as to the attributes of said Supreme Being.

So, each of us, depending upon how deep we wish to go into a given subject (in this case God), we can choose to accept or reject ideas and concepts based on our personaly findings and how we relate to such findings.


Links to information about Baruch Spinoza

Joseph B. Yesselman's tribute to the philosophy of Spinoza.

Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Baruch Spinoza From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A brief discussion of the life and works of Baruch Spinoza - The Philosophy Pages by Garth Kemerling


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