Biography Of Baruch Spinoza 's Theory Of Human Emotions, And The Human Nature

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At the age of 20, Baruch Spinoza was banned from the Synagog, and from Amsterdam for his radical believes. His masterpiece, The Ethics, can basically be considered as his guide for humans to achieve absolute tranquility. His purpose is psychotherapy. It is his directory to living the right way and being happy and content. He believes that in order to do so, one must truly understand the nature of two major phenomenas. He, by breaking his book into five different parts, explains the true and absolute nature of God or Nature, and the human nature. And thus, by truly studying the metaphysics of things, one can use his therapy of the soul, which plays off of his theory of human emotions, in order to be able to “operate” on the contents of his/her mind, and the emotions one produces. In such a way, humans can finally find virtue and salvation.

The first step of the path to salvation, according to Spinoza, consists of humans changing the way they understand God. To the author, God means something completely different than what humans naturally believe. To Spinoza, God is Nature. God is everything. God is the one and only substance, and everything else is merely an attribute or a modification of that substance. As Spinoza says: “ God, or substance, consisting of infinite attributes, of which each expresses eternal and infinite essentiality, necessarily exists”. God is the ultimate reality outside of which nothing can be or be conceived. As reported by Baruch: “God’s existence,

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