God, Man, and Well-Being

Spinoza’s Modern Humanism

by Douglas Den Uyl (Author)
©2008 Textbook XIV, 145 Pages


This book explores the seventeenth-century philosopher Spinoza’s modernist humanism. There is little doubt that Spinoza was one of the principle founders of modernity, but his modernism is often thought to come at the expense of a humanism. Drawing attention to Spinoza’s humanism, this book concentrates on politics, ethics, and psychology in order to understand Spinoza’s conception of the human being, and why that conception endures into our own time with particular relevance. This introduction to Spinoza’s thought proceeds in a reverse order from the usual treatment: rather than beginning with a consideration of Spinoza’s metaphysics, the discussion culminates in an exploration of those concepts. In this way, this book is a deeper examination of what Spinoza himself thought, and allows the reader to consider more fully Spinoza’s wider philosophy.


XIV, 145
ISBN (Softcover)
Spinoza, Benedictus de Humanismus Humanism Modernity Well-being Action Ethic Politic Spinoza
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. XIV, 145 pp.

Biographical notes

Douglas Den Uyl (Author)

The Author: Douglas J. Den Uyl is Vice President of Educational Programs at Liberty Fund Inc. Before joining Liberty Fund, he was Full Professor and Chairman of the Department of Philosophy at Bellarmine University. He has written numerous articles and books in the areas of political and ethical philosophy and the history of ideas, and is especially interested in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century political and social philosophy.


Title: God, Man, and Well-Being