Benedictus de Spinoza

The Philosophy of Spinoza

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    Van den Ende was a Catholic physician and Latin master by profession, he was a free thinker in spirit and reputation.
    Nahuel Rabeyhas quoted2 years ago
    Spinoza, when he maintained that all things are necessarily determined by the laws of their own being, certainly did not mean to say that, for example, the toothbrush I shall buy to-morrow will be determined by the stellar dust of æons ago.
    Nahuel Rabeyhas quoted2 years ago
    Determinism, they exclaimed, reduces man to the rank of inanimate Nature; without "free-will" man is no better than a slave, his life doomed by an inexorable fate. True enough, nothing is more abhorrent or more deadly to the striving soul of man than to be bound in a fatalistic doctrine. But the anti-determinists wildly confuse a perverted determinism of ends with a scientific determinism of means.

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