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Baruch Spinoza

(The Giants of Philosopy)

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A Portuguese Jew living in Holland, Spinoza sought a life of "supreme and unending happiness". Unable to find deep satisfaction in the usual pleasures of social life, politics or business (or in riches, fame, or sensual pleasure), Spinoza sought a more stable source of contentment. And he found this contentment in God, though not the God of Moses or the Christian Trinity.

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Published April 1st 2006 by Knowledge Products (first published 1994)
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Bob Nichols
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reflecting on the known science of his day, Spinoza developed a sophisticated philosophical worldview. With a few tweaks, it is contemporary.

The world consists of one substance, which he calls God (in what seems like a deistic sense, but today might be called the Tao or energy). Its the infinity of substance. Infinity means it is not limited by something else. It is timeless and causeless. Gods presence is not external and independent; it is everywhere and manifested in all things. It operates
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Brian Mikołajczyk
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Spinoza approached philosophy in a very mathematical way, forming all of his ethics in a Euclidian geometrical proof-like method with postulates, axioms, and the proofs that follow therein. He didnt take anything for granted and derived all of his ideals. Very interesting approach to philosophy. ...more
Tom Baikin-O'hayon
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A surprisingly good introduction to spinoza's life and work
Matthew
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Helpful intro into Spinoza's thinking. (Remarkable to consider his rationalist theories in light of current philosophical advances.)
Jake
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Love a good weirdo who does what he likes no matter what other people think. 6/10 would bang if i was 10 schooners deep
Igor
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good summary.
Sam Motes
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gives a brief overview of Spinoza's up bringing and formative years and then delves into the philosophy he espoused in his writings. Poets loved him and religious leaders despised him. Atheist, pantheists, and deeply religious believers have all tried to claim him as their own. Though he speaks of God he seems to be talking more of the God of Einstein and Hawking. He Attacked scripture and made the argument that they were just morals to live by only and not divine. The book then covers his ...more
Stephen
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I find Baruch Spinoza to be one of the most fascinating of philosophers, although I have come to know about him almost by accident. His story first was summarized for me in outline in Rembrandt's Jews, a book I admit I sought out more out of curiosity about Rembrandt than about Spinoza, and more entranced with the author's name than with Spinoza's, but I willingly return to the philosopher's tale again here. It's unusual for me to be so drawn to the life story of a philosopher, but the more I ...more
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