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Spinoza on Reason, Passions, and the Supreme Good

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2020.03.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrea Sangiacomo, Spinoza on Reason, Passions, and the Supreme Good, Oxford University Press, 2019, 256pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198847908. Reviewed by Steven Nadler, University of Wisconsin-Madison Spinoza's moral philosophy is finally getting the attention it deserves. After all, the oft-studied metaphysics, epistemology, and analysis of the passions that take up Parts One through Three of the Ethics are there to prepare the ground for what he has to say in Parts Four and Five about virtue, reason, freedom and happiness (which, in turn, is intimately related to his political project). There was a time when you did not need any hands to count the number of books devoted to Spinoza's ethical thought -- because there were none. Recently, however, a number of monographs and essay collections have appeared that directly address this central part of his system. Andrea Sangiacomo's book is a very fine addition to this... Read More

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