Saturday, January 19, 2008

Giants of Philosophy: Baruch Spinoza (Full Audiobook)

SpinozaChuck Heston

"I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion."

"I call him free who is led solely by reason. "

"I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them. "

-- Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)

Historian Will Durant once said you must first become a Spinozist before becoming a philosopher. Baruch Spinoza applied the rules of logic to the human experience in ways no other thinker had before. He gave us an airtight rational method of thought which resembles mathematical proofs, and after his contributions the mind, social organization and, most importantly, God would never be viewed in the same way again. Spinoza's brand of Western pantheism seduced both men of science, Einstein being the most renown, and starry-eyed poets like Goethe. Here, Chuck Heston of "Damn Dirty Apes" fame leads us through this simple philosopher's life and penetrating ideas with crystal clarity.

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