This is the first of two volumes of The Collected Works of Spinoza, which will make available, for the first time in English, a truly satisfactory edition of all Spinoza's writings, with accurate and readable translations based on the standard critical edition of the original texts. The editorial apparatus--prefaces, notes, glossary, and indexes--assists the reader in understanding one of the world's greatest but most difficult philosophers. Of particular interest is the glossary-index, which provides, in an unusual format, considerably more information about Spinoza's use of his technical vocabulary than one is accustomed to finding in a translation.
The first volume contains Spinoza's single most important work, the Ethics, and four earlier works: the Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect, the Short Treatise on God, Man, and His Well-Being, Descartes' "Principles of Philosophy," and Metaphysical Thoughts. Also included are Spinoza's letters from the periods when these works were being composed.
"Our grip on Spinoza's texts can now be firmer than it ever could before, thanks to Curley's translation and to his editorial apparatus. Both are indispensable for serious scholarly work on Spinoza, even by those who know Latin and more especially by those who don't."--Jonathan Bennett, Syracuse University
"This work is a superb scholarly translation of Spinoza, which also puts at our disposal the necessary aids for introducing his writings and treating problems concerning text and doctrine. The work gives us the long-awaited instrument for studying Spinoza in the English language and with the assistance of recent Spinoza scholarship."--James Collins, St. Louis University
Other Princeton books authored or coauthored by Edwin M. Curley:
Another Princeton book authored or coauthored by Benedictus de Spinoza: