This book argues that the thought of Baruch de Spinoza—or Benedcit de Spinoza1—is best understood as a philosophy of divine order. By order, I mean an organized and directed totality, caused only by itself, and with nothing falling outside of its purview. For Spinoza, such an order is divine precisely because of its infinite, solely-caused character, and thus he equates it with God—along with Nature and substance. This book is an attempt to delineate the many aspects and implications of Spinoza’s conception of divine order, particularly with regard to how human beings should live.
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