Goldstein: The Vindication of Spinoza

Rebecca Goldstein has an interesting post on BigThink about Baruch Spinoza and how prescient many of his ideas were.  Spinoza’s conception of God was the one believed in by Einstein.  This conception, often summarized as being equivalent to the laws of nature, is an example of the wide diversity of notions that the word ‘God’ can mean, and only goes to show that everyone is an atheist toward someone’s conception of God.  (Well everyone except perhaps many polytheists who accept every god that is presented to them.)


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4 Responses to Goldstein: The Vindication of Spinoza

  1. amanimal says:

    Thanks for making yesterday’s reading in philosophy relatively pain free. That makes up for my attempt the other night to read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s page on ‘Consciousness and Intentionality’ – ouch! Every little bit helps though I suppose.


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