Another spin on Spinoza;

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    https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/in-search-of-the-original-spinoza-635965

    In search of the original Spinoza

    For many, Spinoza is iconic, a “secular saint,” combining his herculean efforts to understand the world by methodical reasoning with the humble life.

    By  THOMAS SIMON
    JULY 29, 2020 11:48


    Kunstzalen A. Vecht’s ‘A Man before a Sculpture,’ Amsterdam
    (photo credit: Courtesy)
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    Upon ending his ten-year tenure as a member of parliament of the Netherlands in 2012, Liberal Democrat Boris Van der Ham handed a gift to the Speaker of the House. It was the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus (Theological-Political Treatise) by 17th century Dutch philosopher Baruch de Spinoza (1632-1677). The author analyzes the Bible as being made by man and criticizes religious institutions for exerting undue influence on politics and civil liberties.

    Shortly after its publication in 1670, Christian church authorities banned the “blasphemous” and “godless” treatise. Fourteen years earlier, in 1656, Spinoza, born and raised as a Jew, had been banned from the Jewish community in Amsterdam, for expressing heretical views. The Tractatus, although published anonymously, written in Latin and forbidden, found a wide public in the 17th century. And until today, interest in Spinoza is very much alive. Admirers can be found in academia and beyond. For many, Spinoza is iconic, a “secular saint,” combining his herculean efforts to understand the world by methodical reasoning with the humble life of an optical lense grinder.
    For people like Boris van der Ham, Spinoza’s ideas constitute the bedrock of modern thinking.
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    Another Learning Tip from the Past; will it make the rounds?

    Cheers,
    Last edited by simgrund: 30/07/20
 
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