Magnum opus  

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By virtue of his magnum opus, the posthumous Ethics, Spinoza is considered one of Western philosophy's definitive ethicists.
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By virtue of his magnum opus, the posthumous Ethics, Spinoza is considered one of Western philosophy's definitive ethicists.

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Magnum opus (sometimes Opus magnum, plural magna opera), from the Latin meaning great work,refers to the best, most popular, or most renowned achievement of an author, artist, or composer, and most commonly one who has contributed a very large amount of material.

The term is also used in alchemy, with a complex meaning that mainly refers to the philosopher's stone.

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