On this episode of the podcast, we learn about Baruch De Spinoza. We find out why it was not only life-threatening to have an unpopular opinion during the time Spinoza lived, but also potentially very profitable. We also question whether religion is really to blame for the violent acts that are committed on its behalf, and find out why Spinoza was exiled from his community and forced to live a life of solitude. Finally, we read excerpts from Spinoza’s correspondence with his ex-friend Albert Burgh regarding Christianity and find out whose arguments hold the most water (spoiler alert: Spinoza wins). All this and more on the latest episode of Philosophize This!
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Additional Stuff For Anyone Interested:
Here are the letters between Spinoza and Albert Burgh: http://www.sacred-texts.com/phi/spinoza/corr/corr73.htm
Great piece by the guardian on how to apply Spinoza to your life: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2011/feb/07/spinoza-philosophy-god-world
Great article that gives an alternative view: https://newhumanist.org.uk/articles/964/spinoza-the-atheist