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    The 17th century philosophical rationalist Baruch Spinoza is famed for his Moral Relativist view in addition to his unique way of defining God and Nature as one. His legacy derives from these ideas, but he was not completely recognized for these ideas until after his death in 1677. Beginning at a young age, Spinoza was exposed to Jewish schooling as he lived with his family who were strict adhering Jews. During his childhood, The Dutch were at war with France and Britain and this caused major distress to many Dutch families. Spinoza’s in particular was stripped of their wealth and his father was killed. Following his father’s death, Spinoza was forced to quit his studies and take control of his late father’s business. Unhappy, Spinoza divided the family’s wealth between his siblings and gave his father’s business to his brother in order to pursue his…

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    attempted to explain the phenomenon are Moses Maimonides (1138-1204) and Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677). The most prominent source for Maimonides ideas about prophecy is his work The Guide of the Perplexed . Though not a true Aristotelian, Maimonides adheres to concepts derivative of classical philosophical ideas far more than his contemporary counterpart, Baruch Spinoza. Spinoza is one of the most important philosophers of modernity and is known for his radical philosophical notions that reject the…

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    Many individuals go about their lives in an ordinary fashion, until someone around them deceives them. At that moment, this individual may seek the truth; this person will go out of their way to find the facts and the reality of the situation. In a sense, human beings are on a constant quest for the truth, without truly realizing it. However, two famous philosophers did notice this unforeseen quest: Rene Descartes and William James. Rene Descartes delves deeper into the topic of the truth in his…

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    2) a,b : This passage is taken from "What is Enlightenment", by Immanuel Kant, from the first page of the essay. Kant is criticizing the over dependence of a grown up individual for nurturing and caretaking and possibly resisting the responsibilities brought to him. He says these deficiencies are caused by laziness and cowardice. Kant states that enlightenment is a man freeing himself from self-imposed nonage. He moves on explaining the reasons why this nonage takes place, and then moves on…

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    American fashion and designs. He was offered the job of designing the 2012 Summer olympic games uniform. He was honored to be chosen to design the outfit for many major athletes that are able to compete in the summer Olympic games. The olympic games outfit design is the most important thing that has been part of the olympic games. When he began to first design he was offered the job or finding and putting together costumes. After his inspiration he was able to create the best costumes for the…

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    Baruch Spinoza Concerning God Baruch Spinoza was a famous philosopher whose most famous work is ethics. In ethics Spinoza tries to reinvent religion. Part one tries to teach his philosophical notion of God, and how God is everything. Spinoza does his teachings through definitions, explanations, proposals, proofs, and truths. He ties all these together in a mathematical sense; however, Spinoza’s notion of God is complete nonsense. He contradicts himself, two propositions can be debunked, and his…

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    Seventeenth Century many philosophers were enlightening the world with their various views and ontological arguments. Baruch Spinoza was no different. Spinoza was born in 1632 in Amsterdam and grew up in a Jewish community where he was led to be a rabbi. At the age of twenty-four he was banned from his community for his radical views and was also later banned from a Christian community for those same opinions (Nadler, “Baruch Spinoza”). Spinoza came to be influenced and well educated in other…

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    What is the Mind-Body Problem? How did Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia characterize this problem for Descartes’ Meditations? How did Descartes respond to her questions? How does he explain the relationship between the mind and the body? What views do we see from Malbranche, Spinoza and Leibniz? The Mind-Body Problem is that the mind and body are not the same and they are two different substances. It is like the mind and body’s involvement exists in separate mental and physical realms.…

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    mind is a definite and determinate mode of thinking, and thus it cannot be the free cause of its actions: that is, it cannot possess an absolute faculty of willing and non-willing. It must be determined to will this or that by a cause, which likewise is determined by another cause, and this again by another, etc” (RMP 198). The Will is an active volition. A volition is an act of choice, an instance of that faculty. With that said, any act of volition cannot cause itself because it is finite, and…

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    Exposition- Baruch Spinoza was famous for his criticism of the church. He was born November 24, 1632, in Amsterdam to an extremely religious family. When he was 23 years old, he was excommunicated from the Jewish community because of his new ideas. Spinoza believed that God and Nature were one substance, and happiness could be obtained through the love of them. He thought that the knowledge of God should be open to all people because the church had control over everyone using the power of fear…

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