The Young Spinoza: A Metaphysician in the Making

2015.09.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Yitzhak Y. Melamed (ed.), The Young Spinoza: A Metaphysician in the Making, Oxford University Press, 2015, 360pp., $29.95 (pbk),
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2015.09.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Yitzhak Y. Melamed (ed.), The Young Spinoza: A Metaphysician in the Making, Oxford University Press, 2015, 360pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780199971664. Reviewed by Justin Steinberg, Brooklyn College CUNY It is difficult to imagine how Spinoza's legacy would be assessed if he had not written anything after 1663. His early writings -- generally taken to include the Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect [TIE], Principles of Cartesian Philosophy [PPC] and its appendix (Metaphysical Thoughts [CM]), the Short Treatise [KV], and his early correspondence -- contain no shortage of arrestingly interesting claims. But, compared to the later works, the early works read like rough, and in some cases unfinished, preparatory studies. Fortunately for us, Spinoza's work did not end in 1663. And his later writings, including his monumental work, the Ethics, remain extant. Since these later works are widely believed to. . .

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