The Essential Spinoza
The Essential Spinoza: Ethics and Related Writings, edited by Michael L. Morgan, 5/5
Writing in an uncompromisingly mathematical style, Spinoza undertakes to dismantle all conceptions and preconceptions about God, life, the universe and everything, painstakingly rebuilding his philosophy from a logical progression of definitions, axioms, propositions, proofs and corollaries and resulting in the most intellectually challenging work I have ever read. While there was much that I did not understand, there was also much that found immediate application to my own comprehension of God, religion, and existence. I was taken right out of my head by Spinoza’s approach to everything that matters to humans – it was like seeing through a one-way mirror after a lifetime of being on the reflective side.