Ethical Dilemmas Of Bruch Spinoza

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Born in 1632 Bruch Spinoza was a descendent of the Portuguese – Jewish community. After much harassment and ill treatment by the Portugal, his family fled to Amsterdam. The unique Jewish community in Amsterdam comprised of the people originally from Spain, Portugal and France who had the urge to practise their inherited faith freely. As a pupil of the congregation, Spinoza received education that deemed necessary as a Jew. This included Hebrew, liturgy, Torah, prophetic writings, and rabbinical commentaries. Even though, he excelled as a student, he left school whether by necessity or by desire and went onto to work in his father’s business. The advantage of having an open community in Amsterdam, exposed him to the so called ‘free – thinkers’, the Protestants. The vast stream of diverse thoughts got him interested in theological issues, philosophy and science …show more content…

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