Ethics

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Title:Ethics
Author:Baruch Spinoza
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Genres:Philosophy
ISBN:Ethica: Ordine geometrico demonstrata
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:186 pages pages

Ethics Reviews

  • Randall
    Oct 15, 2007
    a real bore of a chore, but a rewarding experience if you can wade your way through. i read it in school, and probably (definitely) wouldn't have stayed the course otherwise. from what i've read in philosophy (which isn't much), spinoza's definition of god is, to me, the most logical a...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 10, 2011
    http://capone.mtsu.edu/rbombard/RB/Sp... Finally finished. And so, the final line is: "But all things excellent are as difficult as they are rare." I knew this as an oft quoted quote from my philosophy friend, but only now do I know the source. The book Fahrenheit 451 is about c...
  • Carl
    Feb 15, 2008
    If I were exiled to a desert island, imprisoned, or otherwise isolated, and there were only book of philosophy I could have to read and re-read for the rest of my life, it would be The Ethics of Spinoza. Here Spinoza lays out a complete system that encompasses metaphysics, theology...
  • Joshua Nomen-Mutatio
    Aug 21, 2008
    Here's video footage of a pretty good discussion of a great, frequently glossed over, and far too often underappreciated philosopher who is one of my favorite philosophers of all time: Spinoza, A Discussion Steven Nadler is an excellent authority on Spinoza and has written a fe...
  • eesenor
    Dec 07, 2008
    Spinoza introduces his idea that God and the universe are one and the same, meaning that God has both a spiritual and a physical nature, and that every human is a piece of God. ...
  • Lobstergirl
    Jun 02, 2010
    Appears to be written in some kind of code. ...
  • Aasem Bakhshi
    May 03, 2011
    No matter which intellectual/religious background you come from, its one text that has the power to change your conception of cosmos. Its hard to decide what is more awe-inspiring: Spinoza's God or his Man and that is perhaps the ultimate success of his supreme and elegant egoism. ...
  • Esteban del Mal
    May 11, 2009
    If rationality is defined as the capacity to solve problems, anticipate consequences and understand causes of events, one would be hard pressed to find its more complete realization than in the philosophy of Benedict Spinoza. Indeed, in his masterwork, Ethics, Spinoza set out to prove ...
  • Cassandra Kay Silva
    Jul 26, 2012
    This book was incredibly surprising. I had heard a bit about Spinoza and perhaps had a very wrong view of his outlook/philosophy due to some lets just say pre conceived notions. Spinoza's God is amazing. If I had to choose a form of god to believe in it would be this. His point by poin...
  • Boris
    Nov 28, 2014
    I do not even know where I should begin with praising this book... The Ethics by Spinoza is one of the bravest and most successful attempts in philosophy. By applying an analytical method (beginning at the beginning) Spinoza unwraps for us a universe of joy, parallelism and determinism...
  • Jeff
    Jun 09, 2009
    Difficult. I feel like this book found me when I needed it. Spinoza's conception of God resonates. I admired Spinoza's dedication to reason without sacrificing the spiritual. ...
  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    Jun 10, 2013
    According to the introduction, ?Baruch Spinoza, who wrote in the mid-seventeenth century, has been considered the first modern philosopher, for he was the first to write philosophy from a standpoint beyond commitment to any particular religious persuasion. He was also among the first...
  • Jake
    Jul 29, 2012
    Some of it I couldn't follow, some I disagreed with, and some was brilliant. He was a lot more convincing at trying to persuade me that I have no free will than Sam Harris or Gavan Nelson were, but I'm still under the illusion that I have free will. I liked his discussion of greater go...
  • Hadrian
    Feb 12, 2011
    Baruch you beautiful magnificent bastard. Within these two hundred dense pages of Euclidean geometric proofs axioms and postulates you manage to construct an ethical system , upend the traditional conception of monotheistic G-dd, and instead make him synonymous with the Laws of Nature....
  • Paul Bond
    May 12, 2012
    I idealized philosophy as the art of progressing from mundane, obvious facts to grand cosmic conclusions, all made unanswerable through the authority of logic. I now see that this is a fantasy of philosophy, though never more alluring than in Spinoza's Ethics. In a relatively small boo...
  • Alexander
    Apr 22, 2012
    Don't be cowed by the metaphysical tail-chasing of Books I, II, and V. The piston-huffing, steampunk clockwork of Axioms, Proofs, Scholia, and Corollaries can pound the reader's nerves like the mechanized hammer in a belfry. Even hardcore Spinozists may differ on how or whether thes...
  • Rodrigo
    Jun 04, 2011
    It was...beautiful. Just beautiful. I'd never read something as delightfully coherent and well structured as this strange little work. The format, if a little dry, was perfect for what it was trying to achieve: creating an entire system of thought based on independently conceived conc...
  • Max
    Jan 17, 2015
    Can I jump farther and state that Spinoza may have killed God even before Nietzsche. I mean, forget the axioms and propositions. The idea of a God, in all human religions is very much contradictory and tricky, you want God to be superior, different, and 'unlike anything else' as is men...
  • Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
    Jul 20, 2016
    The best way to read this book is to listen to it. If I were to have read it, I would have dwelled excessively on the axioms, definitions and propositions and would have missed the forest for the trees. Don't worry if you don't get the definition as he gives them. You'll be able to pic...
  • Ted
    Dec 19, 2011
    3 1/2 stars. Spinoza?s classic is contained in a book I have called The Rationalists. Also included are Descartes? Discourse on Method and Meditations; and Leibniz?s Monadology and Discourse on Metaphysics. Historical context(view spoiler)[ These thinkers are called...
  • Morgan
    Mar 17, 2019
    Read this book for two reasons: Spinoza is mentioned in all my philosophy introduction comics I have and George Eliot was a follower of Spinoza (I'll get to that later). First off, this book might look like a quick read due to it's page numbers, but it's actually a difficult read. N...
  • David Balfour
    Nov 11, 2014
    This is a beautiful book that seems to echo many more modern notions. The idea that when things are often presented together, the one begins to evoke the other even if the other is not present, for instance, seems like a variation on the idea of unconscious association in psychoanalysi...
  • Fadi
    Jun 22, 2018
    Beautiful enlightenment mumbo jumbo. ...
  • William Schram
    Mar 31, 2013
    I really enjoyed this book. Spinoza uses a distinct style to enumerate all of his proofs of the nature of reality. Starting like Euclid with a few definitions and axioms, Spinoza expands upon these with well reasoned arguments to determine many things. The book is split into five ma...
  • Stian
    Jul 09, 2013
    Perhaps it is the sentimentality that arose in me because of the circumstances under which I read the book that leads me to rate it five stars. There was something about reading this close to the window, with snow slowly trickling down from the pitch black sky, and the fireplace burnin...
  • Sean Blake
    Dec 28, 2016
    I haven't even finished this yet, but this book is special. I believe in Spinoza's God. ...
  • Czarny Pies
    Aug 15, 2017
    I decided to read this book after having read Isaac Bashevis Singer's novel "The Family Moskat" in which the protagonist cites it as justification for his contention that God was to blame for the Nazi Endlosung. It is in fact to see how Spinoza's Ethics could be used to arrive at such ...
  • Bernardo Kaiser
    Oct 04, 2016
    Probably one of the most challenging books I've ever read in my whole life. I could not complete it, in fact, I could not even pass the first pages if it wasn't for the help of two reading guides, one by Beth Lord from Edimburgh University of Philosophy and other by J. Thomas Cook from...
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    Oct 08, 2016
    Another book that I am sure I was not able to fully understand; but - "Nothing exists from whose nature some effect does not follow." Taken from that perspective I am glad to have encountered the writings of this great philosopher. ...
  • Josh
    Jun 02, 2018
    This a book centuries ahead of its time. Spinoza was ostracized for his philosophical and religious views, advancing a position of pantheism, or, Deus sive Natura (god or nature). Spinoza was so unpopular, that for years after his death, it was a rite of passage for aspiring philosophe...