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Baruch Spinoza's Ethics - (Macat Library) by Gary Slater & Andreas Vrahimis (Hardcover)

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Baruch Spinoza’s Ethics is a dense masterpiece of sustained argumentative reasoning. It earned its place as one of the most important and influential books in Western philosophy by virtue of its uncompromisingly direct arguments about the nature of God, the universe, free will, and human morals.

Though it remains one of the densest and most challenging texts in the entire canon of Western philosophy, Ethics is also famous for Spinoza’s unique approach to ordering and constructing its arguments. As its full title – Ethics, Demonstrated in Geometrical Order– suggests, Spinoza decided to use the rigorous format of mathematical-style propositions to lay out his arguments, just as the Ancient Greek mathematician Euclid had used geometrical propositions to lay out the basic rules of geometry.

In choosing such a systematic method, Spinoza’s masterwork shows the crucial aspects of good reasoning skills being employed at the highest level. The key use of reasoning is the production of an argument that is well-organised, supports its conclusions and proceeds logically towards its end. Just as a mathematician might demonstrate a geometrical proof, Spinoza sought to lay out a comprehensive philosophy for human existence – an attempt that has influenced generations of philosophers since.

Number of Pages: 106
Genre: Literary Criticism, Philosophy, Psychology
Series Title: Macat Library
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Gary Slater & Andreas Vrahimis
Language: English
Street Date: February 19, 2018
TCIN: 53707440
UPC: 9781912303144
Item Number (DPCI): 248-30-7283
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