Think Least of Death by Steven Nadler audiobook

Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die

By Steven Nadler
Read by Christopher Douyard

Tantor Audio 9780691183848
6.19 Hours 1
Format : Digital Download (In Stock)
  • Regular Price: $19.99

    Special Price $13.99

    or 1 Credit

    ISBN: 9781666107302

    $12.99 With Membership: Learn More
  • Regular Price: $36.99

    Special Price $20.34

    ISBN: 9798200155088

    Free shipping on orders over $35

    In Stock ● Ships in 1-2 days

  • Regular Price: $66.99

    Special Price $36.84

    ISBN: 9798200155071

    Free shipping on orders over $35

    In Stock ● Ships in 1-2 days

  • Regular Price: $41.99

    Special Price $23.09

    ISBN: 9798200155095

    Free shipping on orders over $35

    In Stock ● Ships in 1-2 days

In 1656, after being excommunicated from Amsterdam's Portuguese-Jewish community for "abominable heresies" and "monstrous deeds," the young Baruch Spinoza abandoned his family's import business to dedicate his life to philosophy. He quickly became notorious across Europe for his views on God, the Bible, and miracles, as well as for his uncompromising defense of free thought. Yet the radicalism of Spinoza's views has long obscured that his primary reason for turning to philosophy was to answer one of humanity's most urgent questions: How can we lead a good life and enjoy happiness in a world without a providential God? In Think Least of Death, Steven Nadler connects Spinoza's ideas with his life and times to offer a compelling account of how the philosopher can provide a guide to living one's best life. In the Ethics, Spinoza presents his vision of the ideal human being, the "free person" who, motivated by reason, lives a life of joy devoted to what is most important—improving oneself and others. Untroubled by passions such as hate, greed, and envy, free people treat others with benevolence, justice, and charity. Focusing on the rewards of goodness, they enjoy the pleasures of this world, but in moderation. "The free person thinks least of all of death," Spinoza writes, "and his wisdom is a meditation not on death but on life."

Learn More
Membership Details
  • Only $12.99/month gets you 1 Credit/month
  • Cancel anytime
  • Hate a book? Then we do too, and we'll exchange it.
See how it works in 15 seconds

Summary

Summary

In 1656, after being excommunicated from Amsterdam's Portuguese-Jewish community for "abominable heresies" and "monstrous deeds," the young Baruch Spinoza abandoned his family's import business to dedicate his life to philosophy. He quickly became notorious across Europe for his views on God, the Bible, and miracles, as well as for his uncompromising defense of free thought. Yet the radicalism of Spinoza's views has long obscured that his primary reason for turning to philosophy was to answer one of humanity's most urgent questions: How can we lead a good life and enjoy happiness in a world without a providential God? In Think Least of Death, Steven Nadler connects Spinoza's ideas with his life and times to offer a compelling account of how the philosopher can provide a guide to living one's best life.

In the Ethics, Spinoza presents his vision of the ideal human being, the "free person" who, motivated by reason, lives a life of joy devoted to what is most important—improving oneself and others. Untroubled by passions such as hate, greed, and envy, free people treat others with benevolence, justice, and charity. Focusing on the rewards of goodness, they enjoy the pleasures of this world, but in moderation. "The free person thinks least of all of death," Spinoza writes, "and his wisdom is a meditation not on death but on life."

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Steven Nadler

Author Bio: Steven Nadler

Steven Nadler is an American author and philosopher specializing in early modern philosophy. His books include Rembrandt’s Jews, which was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction, and Spinoza: A Life, which won the Koret Jewish Book Award. He is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy and Evjue-Bascom Professor in Humanities, and from 2004 to 2009, he was the Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Titles by Author

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 6.19
Audience: Adult
Language: English