The Class About Benedict Spinoza 's Ethics

803 Words Oct 5th, 2014 4 Pages
Riley Fichter
COMM 101, Sec. 33
October 7th, 2014
My goal is to inform the class about Benedict Spinoza’s Ethics: Part One.
My central idea is how Spinoza’s idea of God brings a new perspective on existence to those who take the time to listen.
Spinoza’s Ethics and You
I. Introduction
A. What is the truth behind the universe?
B. Many people have asked themselves this question over the course of history.
C. Today, however, I am going to focus in on one individual and explore his work around this subject: Benedict de Spinoza.
D. Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher of the 17th century, and was considered a rationalist, or someone who mainly uses reason in their pursuit of knowledge and understanding, and, especially in Spinoza’s case, applied this to their work as a philosopher.
E. Today I will be explaining Part One of Spinoza’s most famous work, Ethics, and attempt to explain his process of reasoning behind it and how that applies to his idea of the universe.
F. Spinoza’s Ethics: Part One attempts to explain the nature of substance and attributes, the relationship of God as the universe, as well as the laws of the universe as an attempt to shed light on the truth of our universe. (INTERNAL PREVIEW)
G. To begin, I’ll start where all things begin: substance. (TRANSITION)
II. Body
A. From Spinoza’s view, a substance is something that can be described as completely independent.
1. Substances do not depend on something else for their existence, and can be explained or understood…
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