Benedictus Spinoza (1632-77) was among the most important of the post-Cartesian philosophers of the second half of the 17th century. He made original contributions in every major area of philosophy. His work reflects the influences of Stoicism, Maimonides, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Descartes, and others. Spinoza is best known for his Ethics, which is often held up as a supreme example of a self-contained metaphysical system intended to explain the universe. Some of his psychological influences, perhaps lesser known, anticipated Freud.This book is the first to offer an accessible, encyclopedic account of Spinoza's life and ideas, his influences and commentators, his lasting significance. Some of the best features include a time line of Spinoza's life, several bibliographies, a substantive dictionary of key Spinozan concepts, and summaries of Spinoza's principal writings. The work concludes with three all-new essays on Spinoza's place in present-day academic scholarship.This work

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