Spinozas metaphysics of god is neatly summed up in a phrase that occurs in the latin but not the original dutch edition of the ethics god or nature deus sive natura that eternal and infinite being we call god or nature acts from the same necessity from which he exists part iv preface it is an ambiguous phrase since . That is not to say that the ethics is a kind of early self help manual spinozas ethics is a rich and complex work of metaphysics episte mology and ethics undoubtedly it is one of the most difficult philo sophical books you will ever read you will grapple with language and concepts that are unfamiliar and encounter ideas with which you. A study of spinozas ethics metaphysik im ersten teil der ethik spinozas robert schnepf limited preview 1996 and princeton and has been a fellow at the center for advanced study in the behavioral sciences and a visiting fellow at all souls college oxford he is fellow of the american academy of arts and sciences and of the british . Study guide to help you review spinozas ethics1 ethics part i spinoza is concerned with the nature of existence or being what is substance what are the basic constituents of reality and how do other less basic things depend on them substance is defined as in itself ie it is ontologically basic in the sense that it doesnt. Spinozas ethics published in 1677 is considered his greatest work and one of historys most influential philosophical treatises this volume brings established scholars together with new voices to engage with the complex system of philosophy proposed by spinoza in his masterpiece
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