The Mastery of Fate

  • Errol E. Harris
Part of the Archives Internationales D’Histoire des Idees International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 59)


Spinoza’s account of morality begins in Part IV of the Ethics, in his usual fashion with definition of terms. He then proceeds to explain and demonstrate man’s inevitable subjection to passion and kind of behaviour it occasions, indicating the extent to which it may be regarded as good or bad in accordance with the definition of these terms that he has given.


Human Welfare Adequate Idea Virtuous Action True Knowledge True Essence 
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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Errol E. Harris
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  1. 1.Northwestern UniversityUSA

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