Preface; 1. Spinoza's life and works; 2. The geometric method; 3. On God: substance; 4. On God: necessity and determinism; 5. The human being; 6. Knowledge and will; 7. The passions; 8. Virtue and 'the free man'; 9. Eternity and blessedness.
In this 2006 book, Nadler explains the background to Spinoza's thought and the dialogues in which he was engaged.
Steven Nadler is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is author of Spinoza: A Life (1999) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Malebranche (2000).
'This is an excellent introduction to the Ethics, which will appeal to readers from a variety of backgrounds and which, at the same time, makes a substantial contribution to Spinoza scholarship.' Philosophy Reviews 'For anyone seeking to achieve ... understanding, Seven Madler's Spinoza's 'Ethics': An Introduction is a superb place to start. Times Literary Supplement