• Baruch Spinoza

  • The Giants of Philosophy
  • By: Thomas Cook
  • Narrated by: Charlton Heston
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-07-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.3 (6 ratings)

Summary

A Portuguese Jew living in Holland, Spinoza was excommunicated because of the unorthodox view he took of God. Spinoza wrote in the rationalist style of a geometric proof to develop his idea of God as the infinite, indwelling cause of all things, a unified causal system that is virtually synonymous with nature. In this system, there is no free will, for all things are necessary and inevitable, and all objects, including humans, are part of God's active self-expression. Our minds can participate in the eternity of God by focusing on natural laws and the way all things follow from God or nature. Human fulfillment is possible, he believed, only by rejecting our finite, flawed selves and identifying with the eternal within us. Spinoza believed that by doing so we can love God with an immediate devotion without asking anything in return.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Sam Motes on 25-03-13

Good over view of Spinoza

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 theories of modes of thought including Imagination, reason, and intuition. A significant amount of incite on Spinoza in such a small volume.

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4 out of 5 stars
By las3tortugas on 05-12-12

Spinoza, a unknown phylosopher for most people

If you could sum up Baruch Spinoza in three words, what would they be?

Great and independant mind. Search for happiness in a world that has no purpose to serve us but to exist.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The narrative is definetely good but slightly too fast to appreciate all the details of the text.

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