Spinoza’s Ethics — Part III: Of the Affects

[12000 words] "Affects" are basically emotions. But I think keeping the term slightly technical will be useful. The first half of this piece will remain slightly abstract: "what the heck is actually happening?!!" kind of thing. The second half will finally get more concrete. We'll run through the nature of human emotions, with a bunch …

Continue reading Spinoza’s Ethics — Part III: Of the Affects

Aristotle’s Self-Help Book — The Nichomachean Ethics SUMMARIZED

[500 words] It's all about doing your thing (ergon). And doing it well.Flourishing. "Eudaimonia". What your thing is depends on what you are. If you're an animal, it's eating enough food to survive, and growing. If you're a human, it's that, plus talking, thinking (...which, annoyingly, involves listening to other people) and... "creative work" is …

Continue reading Aristotle’s Self-Help Book — The Nichomachean Ethics SUMMARIZED