Spinoza's Ethics, published in 1677, is considered his greatest work and one of history's most influential philosophical treatises. This volume brings established scholars together with new voices to engage with the complex system of philosophy proposed by Spinoza in his masterpiece. Topics including identity, thought, free will, metaphysics, and reason are all addressed, as individual chapters investigate the key themes of the Ethics and combine to offer readers a fresh and thought-provoking view of the work as a whole. Written in a clear and accessible style, the volume sets out cutting-edge research that reflects, challenges, and promotes the most recent scholarly advances in the field of Spinoza studies, tackling old issues and bringing to light new subjects for debate.
An international team of new and established names combine to provide a variety of perspectives on this challenging and increasingly popular philosophical work
Chapters are clearly written and make use of cutting-edge research, presenting advanced thinking on Spinoza's masterpiece in an accessible way
The Ethics lays the foundations for modern philosophy, meaning that this volume will appeal to a wide range of scholars
Yitzhak Y. Melamed is the Charlotte Bloomberg Professor of Philosophy at The Johns Hopkins University. He is the co-editor of Spinoza's 'Theological-Political Treatise': A Critical Guide (Cambridge, 2010) and of Spinoza and German Idealism (Cambridge, 2012).
Introduction Yitzhak Y. Melamed1. The indiscernability of identicals and the transitivity of identity in Spinoza's logic of the attributes Don Garrett
15. Spinoza and the power of reason Michael LeBuffe.