The Collected Works of Spinoza provides, for the first time in English, a truly satisfactory edition of all of Spinoza's writings, with accurate and readable translations, based on the best critical editions of the original-language texts, done by a scholar who has published extensively on the philosopher's work.
This 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 written.
The elaborate editorial apparatus—including prefaces, notes, glossary, and indexes—assists the reader in understanding one of the world's most fascinating, but also most difficult, philosophers. Of particular interest is the glossary-index, which provides extensive commentary on Spinoza's technical vocabulary.
A milestone of scholarship more than forty-five years in the making, The Collected Works of Spinoza is an essential edition for anyone with a serious interest in Spinoza or the history of philosophy.
Edwin Curley is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Michigan. His books include A Spinoza Reader, Behind the Geometrical Method: A Reading of Spinoza's "Ethics," and Spinoza's Metaphysics. He is also the author of Descartes Against the Skeptics and the editor of an edition of Hobbes's Leviathan. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
"A major contribution to Spinoza scholarship . . . sets a new standard."--Daniel E. Garber, Ethics
"This wonderful volume is as much an edition as it is a translation. . . . [Curley's] renderings bring one much closer to what Spinoza actually wrote than do those of any previous translator of Spinoza into English. . . . Curley's volume will stand alone for the foreseeable future; indeed, it is hard to imagine anything ever supplanting it as the chief Spinoza research tool for Anglophones."--Jonathan Bennett, Philosophical Review
"Curley's translation surpasses all of the others in accuracy and reliability."--H. G. Hubbeling, Journal of the History of Philosophy
"Curley succeeds on all counts in this invaluable aid to an understanding of an important, but difficult, rationalist philosopher."--Leon H. Brody, Library Journal (starred review)
"A standard and trusted tool of Spinoza scholarship in the English-speaking world."--John Cottingham, Times Higher Education Supplement
"Curley's edition has been compiled with great care, thoroughness, and skill. We now have, at long last, the first part of a superb English edition of Spinoza's writings, with reliable, uniform translations and an extremely useful scholarly apparatus. All of this makes Curley's edition indispensable to students of Spinoza and modern philosophy."--James C. Morrison, Canadian Philosophical Reviews
"Far more than a fresh translation. . . . [A] model of the translator-editor's art."--B. A. Gerrish, Journal of Religion
"Curley's annotated translation of Spinoza is a great scholarly achievement that will set a standard for the field."--Margaret D. Wilson, Princeton University
"Curley has put all historians of modern philosophy deeply in his debt with the first volume of The Collected Works of Spinoza."--Maurice Mandelbaum, Johns Hopkins University
Other Princeton books authored or coauthored by Edwin Curley:
Another Princeton book authored or coauthored by Benedictus de Spinoza: