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Baruch Spinoza (Dutch: [baːˈrux spɪˈnoːzaː]; born Benedito de Espinosa, Portuguese pronunciation: [benɨˈðitu ðɨ iʃpɨˈnozɐ]; 24 November 1632 – 21 Februar 1677, later Benedict de Spinoza) wis a Dutch filosofer o Sephardi Portuguese oreegin.[2] Ane o the early thinkers o the Enlichtment[3] an modren biblical creeticism,[4] includin modren conceptions o the sel an the universe,[5] he cam tae be conseedert ane o the great raitionalists o 17t-century filosofie.[6] Inspired bi the grundbrakin ideas o René Descartes, Spinoza becam a leadinfilosofical feegur of the Dutch Gowden Age. Spinoza's gien name, that means "Blessed", varies amang different leids. In Ebreu, it is written ברוך שפינוזה‬. His Portuguese name is Benedito "Bento" de Espinosa or d'Espinosa. In his Laitin warks, he uised Laitin: Benedictus de Spinoza.

Baruch Spinoza
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Born 24 November 1632(1632-11-24)
Amsterdam, Dutch Republic
Died 21 Februar 1677(1677-02-21) (aged 44)
The Hague, Dutch Republic
Residence Netherlands
Naitionality Dutch
Era 17t-century filosofie
Region Westren Filosofie
Schuil Rationalism, foonder o Spinozism
Main interests
Ethics, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ebreu Grammar
Notable ideas
Pantheism, determinism, neutral monism, intellectual an releegious freedom, separation o kirk an state, creeticism o Mosaic authorship o some beuks o the Ebreu Bible, poleetical society derived frae pouer, nae contract

Spinoza wis raised in a Portuguese-Jewish commonty in Amsterdam. He developed heichly controversial ideas regairdin the authenticity o the Ebreu Bible an the naitur o the Divine. Jewish releegious authorities issued a cherem (חרם‬) against him, causin him tae be effectively expelled an shunned bi Jewish society at age 23, includin bi his awn faimily. His beuks war later addit tae the Catholic Kirk's Index o Forbidden Beuks. He wis frequently cried an "atheist" bi contemporaries, awtho nawhaur in his wark daes Spinoza refute the exeestence o God.[7]

Spinoza leeved an ootwartly semple life as an optical lens grinder, collaboratin on microscope an telescope lens designs wi Constantijn an Christiaan Huygens. He turned doun rewairds an honours ootthrou his life, includin prestigious teachin poseetions. He dee'd at the age o 44 in 1677 frae a lung illness, aiblins tuberculosis or silicosis exacerbatit bi the inhalation o fine gless dust while grindin lenses. He is buiried in the Christian kirkyaird o Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague.[8]

Spinoza's magnum opus, the Ethics, wis published posthumously in the year o his daith. The wark opponed Descartes' filosofie o mynd–bouk dualism, an earned Spinoza recogneetion as ane o Wastren filosofie's maist important thinkers. In it, "Spinoza wrote the last indisputable Laitin masterpiece, an ane in that the refined conceptions o medieval filosofie are feenally turned against themsels an destroyed entirely".[9] Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel said, "The fact is that Spinoza is made a testin-pynt in modren filosofie, so that it mey really be said: Ye are aither a Spinozist or nae a filosofer at aw."[10] His filosofical accomplishments an moral chairacter promptit Gilles Deleuze tae name him "the 'prince' o filosofers."[11]

ReferencesEedit

  1. Scruton 1986 (2002 ed.), ch. 2: "Through the works of Moses Maimonides and the commentaries of the Arab Averroës, Spinoza would have become acquainted with Aristotle."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Anthony Gottlieb. "God Exists, Philosophically (review of "Spinoza: A Life" by Steven Nadler)". The New York Times, Books. 18 July 1999. Retrieved 7 September 2009. 
  3. Yalom, Irvin (21 February 2012). "The Spinoza Problem". The Washington Post. Archived frae the oreeginal on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  4. Yovel, Yirmiyahu, Spinoza and Other Heretics: The Adventures of Immanence (Princeton University Press, 1992), p. 3
  5. "Destroyer and Builder". The New Republic. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  6. Scruton 2002, p. 26.
  7. Stewart, Matthew (2007). The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 352. ISBN 978-0393071047. 
  8. de Spinoza, Benedictus; Hessing, Siegfried (1977). Speculum Spinozanum, 1677–1977. Routledge & Kegan Paul. p. 828. 
  9. Scruton 2002, p. 32.
  10. Meeting, Hegel Society of America (2003-01-01). Hegel's History of Philosophy. ISBN 978-0791455432. Archived frae the oreeginal on 13 May 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  11. quoted in the translator's preface of Deleuze Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza (1990).