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Baruch Benedictus de Spinoza  [1632-77]

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Rationalist philosopher Baruch Spinoza's works are the foundation
of the Enlightenment of the XVIIIth Century.

"[All contemporary philosophers] are either a Spinozist or not a philosopher at all."
— Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel [1770-1831]

"My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image,
to be servants of their human interests." — George Santayana [1863-1952]

"[Spinoza is] the noblest and most lovable of the great philosophers . . . ethically he is supreme."
Bertrand Russell [1872-1970]

"There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope."

"The man who is guided by Reason is more free in a state where he lives under a general system of law
than in solitude where he is independent." – in "The Ethics" (1677)

"Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition of benevolance, confidence, justice."

"To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life."

— Baruch Spinoza

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Stanford E.P. entry on Baruch Spinoza
Baruch Spinoza entry at Wikipedia
'Philosophy of Spinoza' entry at Wikipedia
Joseph B. Yesselman re Spinoza

Spinoza's  Major  Works
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The major translators into English of Spinoza's works include Robert Harvey Monro Elwes [1853-?] in 1883,
Prof. Samuel Shirley [1912-2006] from 1982, and Prof. Edwin M. Curley of University of Michigan from 1985

Spinoza: Complete Works translated by Samuel Shirley  "Spinoza: Complete Works" [2002] by Benedictus de Spinoza
Translations by Samuel Shirley, edited by Michael L. Morgan

Hackett Publng 9x6½ pb [11/2002] for $63.15
includes "The Short Treatise On God, Man & His Well-Being" [c. 1660]; "Treatise On The Emendation of The Intellect" [1662]; "Principles of Cartesian Philosophy" [1663]; "A Theo-logical-Political Treatise" [1670]; {unfinished} "Political Treatise" [1675-76]; "Ethics Demon-strated In Geometrical Order" [1677]; "Hebrew Grammar" [1677]; plus Letters {200 pages}

"A Short Treatise On God, Man and His Well-Being
(Korte Verhandeling van God, de Mensch en Deszelvs Welstand)"
[c. 1660]

"On The Improvement of The Understanding
(Tractatus de Intellectus Emendatione)"

"The Principles of Cartesian Philosophy (Principia Philosophiae Cartesianae)" [1663]
translated by Samuel Shirley, with an Introduction and Notes by Steven Barbone and Lee Rice - Indianapolis, 1998 Gallica (in Latin)

""A Theologico-Political Treatise (Tractatus Theologico-Politicus)" [1670]
Theologico-Political Treatise book by Baruch Benedictus de Spinoza  
PUB pb [8/00] for $0.00
hardcover [8/00] for $0.00 out of print/used

"Tractatus Politicus" [unfinished 1675-76]

"The Ethics (Ethica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata)" [1677]
'The Ethics' book by Baruch Benedictus de Spinoza   Translation by R.H.M. Elwes, subtitled "The Road To Inner Freedom"
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [5/2012] for FREE {sic}
Citadel 9½x5½ pb [6/2000] for $10.00
Simon & Brown 9¾x7 pb [2/2013] for $11.99
E.P. Dutton Everyman's Library hardcover [1934] out of print/used
Translation by Edwin Curley, Introduction by Stuart Hampshire
Penguin Classics 7¾x5 pb [7/2005] for $10.09
Rationalists book Dolphin & Anchor   The Rationalists: Descartes's "Discourse On Method" and "Meditations"; Spinoza's "Ethics"; Leibniz's "Monadology" and "Discourse On Metaphysics" [1960]
Kindle Edition from Random House Digital [4/2011] for $12.99
Anchor Books 8x5¼ pb [8/60] for $13.62
Study of Spinoza's Ethics book by Jonathan Francis Bennett  "A Study of Spinoza's Ethics" [1984]
by Jonathan Bennett

Hackett Publng 9x6 pb [3/84] for $14.91
Hackett Publng 9x6¼ hardcover [3/84] for $39.95
Spinoza's 'Ethics' Introduction book by Steven Nadler  "Spinoza's Ethics: An Introduction" [2006] by Steven Nadler
Cambridge Univ Press 8½x5½ pb [6/2006] for $30.68
Cambridge Univ Press 8½x5½ hardcover [6/2006] for $74.16
Cambridge Companion to Spinoza's Ethics book edited by Olli Koistinen  "The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza's Ethics" [2009]
Edited by Olli Koistinen

Kindle Edition from Cambridge Univ Press [10/2012] for $17.96
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [8/2009] for $29.19
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [8/2009] for $105.00 {sic}

"Hebrew Grammar (Compendium Grammatices Linguae Hebraeae)" [1677]

title page for 'The Collected Works of Spinoza' translated by Edwin M. Curley  "The Collected Works of Spinoza" [1985]
Translated & Edited by Edwin M. Curley

Volume I contains four early works and "The Ethics"
Princeton Univ Press 9¾x6½ hardcover [9/85] for $87.13
Spinoza's 'Ethics', 'Treatise On The Intellect', and Letters omnibus book edited by Seymour Feldman  Baruch Spinoza: "The Ethics", "Treatise On The Emendation of The Intellect", and Selected Letters [1991]
Translated by Samuel Shirley, Edited & Introduction by Seymour Feldman

Kindle Edition from Hackett Publng Co. [1/2011] for $9.99
Hackett Publng Co. 2nd edition 8¾x5¾ pb [11/91] for $11.74
Hackett Publng Co. 2nd edition 8½x5½ hardcover [11/91] for $39.95
A Spinoza Reader collection translated by Edwin M. Curley  "A Spinoza Reader: The Ethics and Other Works" [1994]
Translated & Edited by Edwin M. Curley

Princeton Univ Press 9¼x6¼ pb [2/94] for $21.15
Princeton Univ Press 9¾x6¼ hardcover [2/94] out of print/used
Benedictus de Spinoza Reader collection translated by R.H.M. Elwes  "The Benedictus de Spinoza Reader" [2007] Translated by R.H.M. Elwes
contains four sections: "The Ethics"; "A Theologico-Political Treatise"; "On The Improvement of The Understanding"; and Correspondence
Kindle Edition from Start Publishing LLC [2/2013] for $1.99
A & D Publng 9x6 hardcover [12/2007] for $24.95
Works of Benedict de Spinoza in Kindle format from Amazon Digital Services  "The Works of Benedict de Spinoza" for Kindle [2013]
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [1/2013] for $1.99
Includes four works: "The Philosophy of Spinoza" ]1926] Edited by Joseph Ratner; and three works by Spinoza translated by R.H.M. Elwes from 1882: "The Ethics"; "On The Improvement of The Understanding"; and "A Theologico-Political Treatise"
"The Philosophy of Spinoza" for Kindle [1926] Edited by Joseph Ratner
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [3/2011] for FREE {sic}
F.Q. Books 11x8½ pb [7/2010] for $9.99

Benedict De Spinoza's Collection at iTunes  "Benedict De Spinoza's Collection (4 Books)" [11/2010]
available at iTunes, for iOS devices only
E-book contains four works, each translated by R.H.M. Elwes:
"The Ethics"; "On The Improvement of The Understanding";
"A Theologico-Political Treatise"; and "A Political Treatise"

Other  Works

Spinoza's Algebraic Calculation of the Rainbow & Calculation of Chances book edited by Michael J. Petry  "Spinoza's Algebraic Calculation of The Rainbow & Calculation of Chances" [orig 1687] Edited and Translated With An Introduction, Explanatory Notes & An Appendix by M.J. Petry
Springer 9¼x6 hardcover [2/86] for $219.00 {sic}
Baruch Spinoza Letters to friend & foe book edited by Dagobert D. Runes  "Baruch Spinoza: Letters To Friend and Foe" [1966]
Edited by Dagobert D. Runes

Philosophical Library 7¼x4½ hardcover [1966] out of print/used

"The Letters of Benedictus de Spinoza, 1661-1676" [1995]
Translated by Samuel Shirley, Introduction by Steven Barbone, Lee Rice & Jacob Adler
Hackett Publng Co. 9x5¾ hardcover [12/95] for $34.95

Non-Fiction  Works  About  Spinoza

1719 biography of Spinoza by Jean Maximilian Lucas  "Life of The Late Mr. de Spinoza" [completed 1678, published 1719]
by Jean Maximilien Lucas

new English translation & Introduction by Francis Goode
FREE version [3/2012] from Sony eReader
first English translation [1927] by Abraham Wolf
Kessinger Publng 11x8¼ pb [3/2003] for $18.96
Kessinger Publng 11x8½ hardcover [5/2010] for $30.36
version edited by Charles le Vier [1720]
Nabu Press French-language pb [8/2011] for $13.85

Spinoza article by Elbert Hubbard  "Spinoza" 46-page article [orig 1904] by Elbert Hubbard [1856-1915]
Kessinger Publng 9x7½ pb [9/2010] for $11.48
Kessinger Publng 10¾x8 pb [12/2005] for $12.44
Kessinger Publng 9¾x7 hardcover [9/2010] for $22.28
extracted from "Little Journeys To The Homes of The Great, Volume 8: Philosophers"
Kessinger Publng 10½x7¾ facsimile pb [5/1942 edition] for $30.84
includes articles on philosophers Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, Auguste Comte, Immanuel Kant, Schopen-hauer, Seneca, Socrates, Herbert Spencer, Spinoza, Swedenborg, Henry David Thoreau, and Voltaire

philosophy of Spinoza / unity of his thought book by Richard Peter McKeon  "The Philosophy of Spinoza: The Unity of His Thought" [1928]
by Richard McKeon

Kessinger Publng 9x6 pb [6/2006] for $18.19
Ox Bow Press 9x6 pb [4/87] for $25.00
Kessinger Publng 9x6 hardcover [7/2007] for $35.68
Spinoza's Critique of Religion book by Leo Strauss  "Spinoza's Critique of Religion" [German 1930, English 1932]
by Leo Strauss [1899-1973]

Univ Chicago Press pb [1997] for $25.88
Schocken Books 8x5¼ pb [3/82] out of print/used
Schocken Books hardcover [1965] out of print/used
Spinoza Life of Reason biography by Abraham Wolfson   "Spinoza: A Life of Reason" biography [Modern Classics 1932]
by Abraham Wolfson

Kessinger Publng 9x6 pb [9/2010] for $27.16
Kessinger Publng 9x6 pb [5/2006] for $25.80
Kessinger Publng 9x6 hardcover [7/2007] for $37.20
Kessinger Publng 9x6 hardcover [9/2010] for $39.16
Spinoza & Buddha book by S.M. Melamed   "Spinoza and Buddha: Visions of A Dead God" [Univ Chicago Press 1933]
by S.M. Melamed

Kessinger Publng 9x6 pb [3/2007] for $26.56
Kessinger Publng 9x6 pb [9/2010] for $27.96
Kessinger Publng 9x6 hardcover [6/2008] for $36.03
Kessinger Publng 9x6 hardcover [8/2010] for $39.96
Spinoza and The Problem of Expression book by Gilles Deleuze  "Spinoza et Le Problème de L'Expression (Spinoza and The Problem of Expression)" [1968] by Gilles Deleuze [1925-95]
English title: "Expressionism In Philosophy: Spinoza" [1990]
Zone Books 9x6 pb [2/92] for $19.30
Zone Books 9½x6¼ hardcover [9/90] out of print/used
Editions de Minuit French-language 8¾x5½ pb [11/68] out of print/used
Spinoza: Practical Philosophy book by Gilles Deleuze  "Spinoza: Practical Philosophy (Philosophie Pratique)"
[1970, rev 1981, English 1988] by Gilles Deleuze [1925-95]

City Lights Publrs 9x5½ pb [2001] for $9.83
Editions de Minuit French-language mass pb [4/2003] out of print/used
Spinoza and The Rise of Liberalism book by Lewis S. Feuer / Foyer  "Spinoza and The Rise of Liberalism" [orig 1958, rev 1984] by Lewis S. Feuer
Transaction Publrs 9x6 pb [1987] for $24.95
Greenwood Press hardcover [1/84] out of print/used
Author describes how Spinoza's philosophical & political ideas were influenced by his responses to the conflicts of his time; during the first period, Spinoza rejected the com-petitive capitalism of the Amsterdam Jews, and gave up his own business activities; in the second period, Spinoza sided with the Utopian groups of the day, but developed serious doubts about the practicality of such idealistic movements and turned to Dutch liberal republicanism; but republicanism lost to the monarchists, so Spinoza then defined democratic processes that might be consistent with the life of free men, and that were essential to any form of government that would make such a life possible.
Spinoza Very Short Introduction book by Roger Scruton  
"Spinoza: A Very Short Introduction" [1987]
by Roger Scruton

Kindle Edition from Oxford Univ Press [2002 edition] for $7.99
Oxford Univ Press mass pb [8/2002] for $9.50
Oxford Univ Press 8¾x5¾ hardcover [2/87] out of print/used
Cambridge Companion to Spinoza book edited by Don Garrett  "The Cambridge Companion To Spinoza" [1995]
Edited by Don Garrett

Kindle Edition from Cambridge Univ Press [1995 edition] for $18.70
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [10/95] for $34.83
Cambridge Univ Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [10/95] out of print/used
GuideBook to Spinoza & the Ethics book by Genevieve Lloyd  "Routledge Philosophy GuideBook To Spinoza and The Ethics" [1996]
by Genevieve Lloyd

Kindle Edition from Routledge [2007 edition] for $15.37
Routledge 7¾x5 pb [10/96] for $27.91
Routledge 7¾x5 hardcover [10/96] for $113.00
The God of Spinoza book by Richard Mason   "The God of Spinoza: A Philosophical Study" [1997]
by Richard Mason

Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [7/99] for $38.06
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [5/97] for $62.99
The New Spinoza book edited by Warren Montag & Ted Stolze   "The New Spinoza (Theory Out of Bounds Series)" [1998]
Edited by Warren Montag & Ted Stolze

includes essays by Gabriel Albiac, Louis Althusser, Etienne Balibar, Gilles Deleuze, Emilia Giancotti, Luce Irigaray, Pierre Macherey, Alexander Matheron, Pierre-Francois Moreau, Antonio Negri & Andre Tosel
Univ Minnesota Press 9x7 pb [2/2008] for $25.00
Univ Minnesota Press 10¼x7½ hardcover [1998] out of print/scarce
Spinoza in 90 Minutes book by Paul Strathern  
"Spinoza in 90 Minutes" [1998]
by Paul Strathern

Ivan R. Dee, Publr 8x5 pb [9/98] for $9.95
Ivan R. Dee, Publr 8¼x5¼ hardcover [9/98] for $14.95
Spinoza's Heresy - Immortality & the Jewish Mind book by Steven Nadler  "Spinoza's Heresy: Immortality and The Jewish Mind" [2001]
by Steven Nadler

Kindle Edition from Oxford Univ Press [2002 edition] for $35.99
Oxford Univ Press 8½x5½ pb [2/2004] for $39.46
Oxford Univ Press 8¾x5¾ hardcover [2001] for $76.99
Deleuze & Spinoza & Expressionism book by Gillian Howie  "Deleuze and Spinoza: Aura of Expressionism" [2002]
by Gillian Howie

French philosopher Gilles Deleuze [1925-95] reached certain conclusions about Spinoza, published in 1968 as "Expressionism", that shaped his later ideas & works; author Howie dissects Deleuze's concepts and finds them inconsistent with Spinoza.
Palgrave Macmillan 8¼x6 hardcover [9/2002] out of print/used
Looking for Spinoza book by Antonio R. Damasio   "Looking For Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and The Feeling Brain" [2003]
by Antonio Damasio

Neuroscientist Damasio rediscovers philosopher Spinoza's role in examining
how emotions support human survival, a pursuit that ran counter to all the
thinking of Spinoza's time.

Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [2003 edition] for $9.32
Mariner Books 8x5½ pb [12/2003] for $12.37
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 9x6¼ hardcover [2/2003] out of print/130+ used
Spinoza's Revelation book by Nancy K. Levene  
"Spinoza's Revelation: Religion, Democracy, and Reason" [2004]
by Nancy K. Levene

Kindle Edition from Cambridge Univ Press [2004 edition] for $29.60
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 pb [9/2009] for $46.00
Cambridge Univ Press 9x6 hardcover [9/2004] for $97.90
The Courtier and The Heritic book by Matthew Stewart  "The Courtier and The Heritic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and The Fate of God In The Modern World" [2006] by Matthew Stewart
In November 1676, the orthodox Lutheran courtier Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz [1646-1716] traveled to The Hague in Holland to meet with freethinker Spinoza; Leibniz at first appears to have absorbed Spinoza's new ideas, but then spent the rest of his career defending a god that he did not believe in against Spinoza's modernist views.
Kindle Edition from W.W. Norton & Co. [2007 edition] for $9.99
W.W. Norton & Co. 8¼x5¾ pb [1/2007] for $11.35
W.W. Norton & Co. 9½x6½ hardcover [1/2006] out of print/60+ used
Betraying Spinoza, The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity book by Rebecca Goldstein  
"Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity" [2006]
by Rebecca Goldstein

Kindle Edition from Schocken [8/2009] for $11.99
Schocken 8x5¼ pb [8/2009] for $10.17
Schocken 7¾x5¼ hardcover [5/2006] for $16.50
Spinoza Guide for the Perplexed book by Charles Jarrett  "Spinoza: A Guide For The Perplexed" [2007]
by Charles Jarrett

Kindle Edition from Continuum [2007 edition] for $13.17
Continuum 8½x5½ pb [8/2007] for $21.95
Continuum 8½x5½ hardcover [8/2007] for $110.00 {sic}
Spinoza biography by Michael Della Rocca   "Spinoza (The Routledge Philosophers Series)" biography [2008]
by Michael Della Rocca

Routledge 8½x5½ pb [8/2008] for $27.88
Routledge 8½x5½ hardcover [8/2008] for $115.00 {sic}
Spinoza Now anthology edited by Dimitris Vardoulakis   "Spinoza Now" [2011] Edited & Introduction by Dimitris Vardoulakis
other contributors include Alan Badiou, Mieke Bal, Cesare Casarino, Justin Clemens, Simon Duffy, Alexander Garcia Düttman, Sebastian Egenhofer, Arthur J. Jacobson, A. Kiarina Kordela, Michael Mack, Warren Montag, Antonio Negri, Christopher Norris, and Anthony Uhlmann
Kindle Edition from ... [6/2011] for $15.12
Univ Minnesota Press 8½x5½ pb [6/2011] for $27.50
Univ Minnesota Press 8½x5½ hardcover [6/2011] for $82.50

First Modern Jew, Spinoza book by Daniel B. Schwartz  "The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and The History of An Image" [2012]
by Daniel B. Schwartz

Baruch Spinoza was excommunicated at age 23 by the Sephardic Jews of Amsterdam in 1656 for his 'horrible heresies and monstrous deeds'; yet over the past three centuries Spinoza has been elevated from being one of Judaism's most notorious outcasts to one of its most celebrated, from marginalized heretic to secular hero.
Kindle Edition from Princeton Univ Press [2/2012] for $22.51
Princeton Univ Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [2/2012] for $31.43
Spinoza Philosophy in an Hour in Kindle format by Paul Strathern  
"Spinoza: Philosophy In An Hour" for Kindle [2012] by Paul Strathern
Kindle Edition from HarperPress ePub [8/2012] - availability unclear
Includes a succinct account of the life & philosophy of Spinoza (readable in one hour), selections from Spinoza's work, suggested further reading, and a chronology of general philosophy.
Spinoza's Metaphysics, Substance & Thought book by Yitzhak Y. Melamed  "Spinoza's Metaphysics: Substance and Thought" [2013]  
by Yitzhak Y. Melamed

Oxford Univ Press hardcover [DUE July 2013] for $61.75 yellow

Other  Media  About  Spinoza

there is no listing for Baruch Spinoza at the Internet Movie Database, not even as character/subject

new stageplay "New Jerusalem" by David Ives [1854] [orig 1875?] [1882] [1882]

Burglar Who Studied Spinoza mystery novel by Lawrence Block [Bernie Rhodenbarr]  "The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza" [1980] by Lawrence Block
Bookseller Bernie gets a tip that a coin hobbyist will be out of town, so he and a friend burgle the apartment, only to find it a mess from a prior break-in; Bernie opens the safe and takes jewelry and a single rare 5-cent coin. Next day, the cops accuse Bernie of a third event, which included the beating of the coin hobbyist and the murder of his wife. Bernie takes the coin to his fence along with a copy of Spinoza's "Ethics" (to get on the fence's good side) and is told that the coin is one of only five that exist, and is worth half a million bucks! Shortly after, the fence is murdered and the coin is missing.
Kindle Edition from HarperCollins e-books [10/2009] for $4.74
HarperTorch mass pb [7/2006] for $7.99
Dutton Adult 9¼x6¼ hardcover [12/97] out of print/120+ used

Spinoza Problem npvel by Irvin D. Yalom   "The Spinoza Problem: A Novel" [2012] by Irvin D. Yalom
When student Alfred Rosenberg makes anti-Semitic remarks at school, the headmaster assigns memorization of passages by Goethe that laud the Jew Spinoza. This causes a dilemma for Alfred, who later grows up to become the main author of racial policy in Hitler's Third Reich, and a killer of Jews.
Kindle Edition from Basic Books [3/2012] for $9.69
Basic Books 8¼x5½ pb [2/2013] for $10.20
Basic Books 9¼x6¼ hardcover [3/2012] for $19.91

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L i n k s

Stanford E.P. entry on Baruch Spinoza
Baruch Spinoza entry at Wikipedia
'Philosophy of Spinoza' entry at Wikipedia
Joseph B. Yesselman re Spinoza

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