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Spinoza: Philosophy in an Hour

Narrated by: Jonthan Keeble
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of Spinoza in just one hour.

Spinoza’s brilliant metaphysical system was derived neither from reality nor experience. Starting from basic axioms (assumptions), by means of a series of geometric proofs he built a universe which was also God – one and the same thing, the classic example of pantheism. While his system may seem an oddity today, Spinoza’s conclusions are deeply in accord with much of modern thought, from science (the holistic ethics of today’s ecologists) to politics (the idea that the state exists to protect the individual). The compelling beauty of both Spinoza’s system and conclusions are unequalled in the history of philosophy.

Here is a concise, expert account of Spinoza’s life and philosophical ideas that is entertainingly written and easy to understand. Also included are selections from Spinoza’s work, suggested further reading and chronologies that place Spinoza in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.

©2012 Paul Strathern (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Sarnchai Viriyachat
  • 07-12-18

A Beautiful Introduction to Spinoza

I brought Descartes in an hour and was a little dissatisfied about its philosophical explanation.
So I decided to try another one.
This time with Spinoza in an hour I am impressed.
It is in the right proportion.
The context is well illustrated and very enjoyable.
The concepts is well explained and easy to follow (the author breaks it into parts)
I hope that the other titles under this same series will make it up to this standard.
Worth every penny.
If you want a simple and elegant introduction to Spinoza
This one will do