Definition of Spinoza, Baruch de in English:

Spinoza, Baruch de

Line breaks: Bar¦uch de Spin|oza
Pronunciation: /spɪˈnəʊzə
( 1632–77), Dutch philosopher, of Portuguese-Jewish descent; also called Benedict de Spinoza. Spinoza espoused a pantheistic system, seeingGod or nature’ as a single infinite substance, with mind and matter being two incommensurable ways of conceiving the one reality.



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  • He shared the view expressed by More, Pascal, Bayle, and Leibniz that Descartes' system could be, and had been, used to further irreligion and had naturally developed into Spinozism.
  • ‘Present day materialism,’ he wrote ‘is a Spinozism that has become more or less aware of itself.’
  • Mills brings a terrible authority to the cosmic Spinozism of the show's ethical pay-off.


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  • The essay charts a Spinozist transformation of such a passive ‘idolatrous’ love into a healthier state of active affect.
  • They are, more or less, created, which puts them at odds with ‘natural rights’ in the Spinozist sense of the term.
  • The Kantian and Spinozist move - and this is what makes them rationalists and not empiricists - is to fully embrace the notion that the ethical and the empirical have no relation to one another.


Pronunciation: /ˌspɪnəʊˈzɪstɪk/
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  • This single substance might be identified with space-time and the various ‘fields' be regarded as, in Spinozistic terms, highly complex ‘modes' of that single substance.
  • In fact, it is only via Spinozistic naturalism that the word ‘natural’ can be evacuated of any possible sense: natural as opposed to what?
  • Much has been written about the response of Einstein's contemporaries to his Spinozistic cosmic religion.

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