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Episode #034 – Spinoza pt. 2

On this episode of the podcast, we continue learning about Spinoza, this time focusing on his concept of God. We begin by asking ourselves whether or not Stephen’s English bulldog Charlie is part of God, and analyzing the implications of our answer. Next, we discuss the concept of “substance” and what Spinoza thought the only one true substance was (hint: it’s not water). Finally, we consider how Spinoza’s concept of God/Nature impacts his thoughts on free will and why he would say Stephen has no choice but to imitate a drunk person singing “I Love Rock and Roll” every time he drives past that certain billboard. 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:

Great piece by the guardian on how to apply Spinoza to your life:

Great article that gives an alternative view:


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