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Forum Post: An introduction to Baruch Spinoza

Posted 12 years ago on Jan. 28, 2012, 3:19 a.m. EST by debndan (1145)
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Commonly overlooked by conservatives and liberals, theists and atheists is Mr. Spinoza. He was one of the greatest philosophers of the 17th century and the importance of his work has too long been ignored.

Here's a link to a brief intro to whom he was, and his thoughts.


His philosophies extended to the importance of democracy and human freedom. And he highlights freedom of thought and of religion.

His work extended from ideals of causality, which led to classical liberalism, to modality which led to classical conservatism.

His work demonstrates how atheists can be highly ethical and moral, and how sometimes theists can be immoral and unethical.

His works does away with both divine rights of kings and nobility, and also the might makes right of both hubris and nihilism.

If you have the time, read up on him, and his thoughts, for they led to rationalism, democracy, and the primacy of thought and substance. And that truth is self evident.

Though few recognize it today, his philosophies changed the world, and shows how movements like OWS are the effects of causes like injustice and corruption.

And that these effects are as temporal as the causality.

In other words, as long as we have injustice and corruption, we'll have movements like OWS, till that injustice and corruption is removed.



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[-] 1 points by jart (1186) from New York, NY 12 years ago

Thank you for posting this. Spinoza was really cool.

[-] 1 points by debndan (1145) 12 years ago

Your welcome, yeah, he was pretty cool.

I just hope liberals and conservatives read up on him, to see whom we owe our collective ideologies to, and how we can unite to end the corruption of the system.