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Spinoza and Stoicism

Daniel COLLETTE*

It is only recently that modern day scholarship has begun to appreciate and investigate Spinoza‘s affinities with the Stoics. Jon Miller‘s Spinoza and the Stoics is a welcomed contribution to philosophical literature as the first book-length study to undertake a full comparison between the two schools of thought. Although his is not the first monograph—Firmin DeBrabander‘s Spinoza and the Stoics: Power, Politics and the Passions (Continuum, 2008) is worth recognizing—it is the first to step outside of practical philosophy to include metaphysics, epistemology, and meta-ethics as part of its investigation.

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