Thomas HobbesEdwin Curley. This classic series represents the Western canon not without academic controversy. Designed to meet the needs of both student and scholar, this edition of Leviathan offers a brilliant introduction by Edwin Curley, modernized spelling and punctuation of the text, and the inclusion, along with historical and interpretive notes, of the most significant variants between the English version of and the Latin version of With Selected Variants from the Latin Edition of Robert Filmer — — In G. Of A Christian Commonwealth.
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I wrote my dissertation on him in That same year I began a translation of his works, titled The Collected Works of Spinoza, the first volume of which came out in , and the second volume of which appeared in May both volumes published by Princeton University Press.
For details, see the curriculum vitae linked at the left. Why did the edition take so long? Usually my excuse was that the distracting project was related in some way to Spinoza.
Not only would it be interesting in itself, but working on it would give me a better understanding of Spinoza, and make me a better translator of his work. This is the rationale rationalization? Between and the culture I belong to underwent a major transformation. At the beginning of that period hardly anyone in Western Europe or the American colonies thought religious liberty was a good thing.
By the end of that period progressive governments regarded it as a fundamental right. I knew that Spinoza, whose TTP was the first book-length defense of freedom of thought and expression by a major philosopher, had played a role in that development. Why devote so much time and energy to Spinoza? One reason is that I admire his intellect, his boldness, and his character generally. Another is that I think he got certain important things right: things about the nature of God, the nature of human beings, and the nature of a good human life.
Copyright considerations preclude me from posting that article. But if you have a college or university affiliation, your school should give you online access to it. Another reason is that I feel a certain affinity for Spinoza.
I wanted something better. Some of my recent work has been devoted to exploring those issues in a way which has no direct connection with Spinoza. Spinoza was brought up Jewish, in a very different time and place. But at about the same stage of his life he became disillusioned with his childhood religion. This is a common enough experience. The questions are hard, but important.
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