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Father of the Enlightenment and the last guardian of the medieval world, Spinoza made a brilliant attempt to reconcile the conflicting moral and intellectual demands of his epoch and to present a vision of man as simultaneously bound by necessity and eternally free. Ostracized by the Jewish community in Amsterddam to which he was born, Spinoza developed a political philosophy that set out to justify the secular state ruled by a liberal constitution, and a metaphysics that sought to reconcile human freedom with a belief in scientific explanation. Here, Roger Scruton presents a clear and systematic analysis of Spinoza's thought and shows its relevance to today's intellectual preoccupations.
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Table of Contents

Preface ; 1. Life and Character ; 2. Background ; 3. God ; 4. Man ; 5. Freedom ; 6. The Body Politic ; 7. Spinoza's Legacy ; Glossary ; Further Reading ; Index

About the Author

Roger Scruton was Lecturer in Philosophy 1971-79, Reader 1979-85, and Professor of Aesthetics 1985-92 at Birkbeck College, University of London.


'His exposition is beautifully lucid.' * Expository Times * Review from previous edition 'an interesting and provocative guide' * Christian Science Monitor *

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