Baruch Spinoza Quotes

Nature offers nothing that can be called this man's rather than another’s, but under nature everything belongs to all

Spinoza was one of the most feared intellectuals in human history—feared, that is, by the established power structures. He is the only known person who was excommunicated by the Catholics, the Jews and the Moslems—all were forbidden to read his works. He was the enemy of authority and advocated personal reason as the guide for men.

Benedict Spinoza, 1632-1677, Dutch Philosopher, <em>Tractatus Politicus</em>, 1677

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Baruch Spinoza
Baruch Spinoza
  • Born: November 24, 1632
  • Died: February 21, 1677
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Profession: Philosopher; Philosopher & Theologian

Baruch Spinoza was a Jewish-Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Sephardi origin. By laying the groundwork for the Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism, including modern conceptions of the self and the universe, he came to be considered one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy. Along with René Descartes, Spinoza was a leading philosophical figure of the Dutch Golden Age. Spinoza's given name, which means "Blessed", varies among different languages. In Hebrew, it is written .mw-parser-output .script-hebrew,.mw-parser-output .script-Hebr{font-size:1.15em;font-family:"Ezra SIL","Ezra SIL SR","Keter Aram Tsova","Taamey Ashkenaz","Taamey David CLM","Taamey Frank CLM","Frank Ruehl CLM","Keter YG","Shofar","David CLM","Hadasim CLM","Simple CLM","Nachlieli","SBL BibLit","SBL Hebrew",Cardo,Alef,"Noto Serif Hebrew","Noto Sans Hebrew","David Libre",David,"Times New Roman",Gisha,Arial,FreeSerif,FreeSans}ברוך שפינוזה&#x202c;. His Portuguese name is Benedito "Bento" de Espinosa or d'Espinosa. In his Latin works, he used Latin: Benedictus de Spinoza.