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  • The Criticism Of Spinoza

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    There have been numerous criticisms on Spinoza as well as plentiful interpretations. A common label of Spinoza’s philosophy is pantheism – a doctrine defined by Merriam-Webster as equating God with the forces and laws of the universe. This is understandable for on the surface, one may interpret Spinoza’s God as an equation with the forces and the laws of the universe inasmuch as God is Deus sive natura where natura is natura naturans. But a more accurate label had emerged: panentheism. Panentheism

  • Ethical Dilemmas Of Bruch Spinoza

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    true because it is not accepted by many. Spinoza is psychological and ethical egoist. 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

  • Rationalism - Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz

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    Rationalism is the principle that maintains that through reason alone we can gain at least some positive knowledge of the world. The three major rationalists, Rene Descartes, Baruch Spinoza and Gottfried Welhelm Leibniz, used this idea in order to defy skepticism and expose the true nature of reality. However, each philosopher is frequently in disagreement. The idea for ‘God’, and what constitutes substance, matter and reality are the four key structural beliefs that aid each rationalist in the forming

  • Spinoza: Clarifications and Criticisms on Freedom Essay

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    Baruch de Spinoza, or as later known by Benedictus de Spinoza, was a 17th century philosopher that came under much hostility because of his renunciation of the accepted religious perceptions of god. This is not to say that Spinoza repudiated god’s existence, on the contrary, Spinoza considered himself to believe in god, but in a different more natural sense. Spinoza received much denunciation and criticism for his beliefs from religious figure heads. He was excommunicated from the Jewish community

  • The Class About Benedict Spinoza 's Ethics

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    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

  • Analysis Of Margaret Cavendish 's ' Baruch Spinoza ' A Very Unique Monistic System

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    There was another philosopher in the seventeenth century who has a similar system and a possibly more coherent system then Margaret Cavendish. Baruch Spinoza has a very unique monistic system. Spinoza lays out a system consisting of one infinite substance with infinite attributes. The two attributes which we can know are thought and extension. I will argue that the attribute of thought and the attribute of extension correlate well with Cavendish’s animate and inanimate matter. I will argue that Spinoza’s

  • Analysis Of Spinoza And Nietzsche 's ' Spinoza '

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    “Spinoza,” Deleuze tells us in his 1978 lectures, doesn 't make up a morality, for a very simple reason: he never asks what we must do, he always asks what we are capable of, what 's in our power, ethics is a problem of power, never a problem of duty. In this sense Spinoza is profoundly immoral. Regarding the moral problem, good and evil…he doesn 't even comprehend what this means. What he comprehends are good encounters, bad encounters, increases and diminutions of power. Thus he makes an ethics

  • Human Freedom Spinoza

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    Human freedom according to Spinoza is having more knowledge. The more knowledge you have, the better you understand yourself. And their capability to acknowledge God’s freedom in their own certain way is increased. It may not be completely free, it is however what people can use keeping in mind the end goal to adjust themselves to the will of God, to the extent the learning of their own vague nature permits. Moreover, he states freedom of will is deceptive, the reality of the situation can prove

  • Spinoza On Substance Monism

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    The stance that Spinoza has on substance is that there is only one substance, out of which all else is somehow constituated. Substance for the Stoics, is also seen as a monist philosophy. Because Stoics think of “the world as a unitary system that contains all beings” they should be considered substance monism. This is often cited as the clearest example of how Spinoza was most influenced by Stoic philosophy. However, Spinoza states that there is only one substance, but further from that, he unambiguously

  • Reaction Paper On Spinoza

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    the interplay of emotions and rationality in the decision making process (Lowenstein & Lerner, 2003; Damasio, 1988 & 1994 just to name a few). In order to address this question, I decided to turn to one of the greatest thinkers of Western thought: Spinoza. Re-reading the 4th part of his magnum-opos Ethics, which carries the title “Of Human Bondage or the strength of emotions”, I could not but think of some central aspects of Kahneman & Tversky’s work on heuristics, bias, framing effects and prospect