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Polity Press
16 October 2020
Benedict de Spinoza is one of the most controversial and enigmatic thinkers in the history of philosophy. His greatest work, Ethics (1677), developed a comprehensive philosophical system and argued that God and Nature are identical. His scandalous Theological-Political Treatise (1670) provoked outrage during his lifetime due to its biblical criticism, anticlericalism, and defense of the freedom to philosophize. Together, these works earned Spinoza a reputation as a singularly radical thinker.

In this book, Steinberg and Viljanen offer a concise and up-to-date account of Spinoza's thought and its philosophical legacy. They explore the full range of Spinoza's ideas, from politics and theology to ontology and epistemology. Drawing broadly on Spinoza's impressive oeuvre, they have crafted a lucid introduction for readers unfamiliar with this important philosopher, as well as a nuanced and enlightening study for more experienced readers.

Accessible and compelling, Spinoza is the go-to text for anyone seeking to understand the thought of one of history's most fascinating thinkers.
By:   Justin Steinberg, Valtteri Viljanen
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   292g
ISBN:   9780745664903
ISBN 10:   0745664903
Series:   Classic Thinkers
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   16 October 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Justin Steinberg is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College, CUNY. Valtteri Viljanen is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Cultural History at the University of Turku.

Reviews for Spinoza

I never recommended a book about Spinoza until now. Steinberg and Viljanen's Spinoza neatly presents this grand thinker's 'abominable' and 'monstrous' metaphysical philosophy, cleanly tying it to his ethics and political theory. Excellent for professionals and amateurs alike. Steven Barbone, San Diego State University In its comprehensiveness, Steinberg and Viljanen's book rivals the great encyclopaedic studies of the nineteenth century, while drawing upon the latest historical discoveries and interpretative work. It is a comprehensive and readable introduction to the best current knowledge of Spinoza. Alexander Douglas,University of St Andrews


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