Baruch (Benedict) Spinoza

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I don’t read philosopher’s works but I do like it when their theories are explained to me in sensible ways. Spinoza’s name comes up on occasion and it gets my attention usually because I like the look and sound of his name. A modern day philosopher of sort’s a political scientist, Matthew Crawford referred to Spinoza’s theories in his book “The World Beyound Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in the Age of Distraction”. In reading a review of Sharon Olds new poetry collection “Odes” I read the wiki posting on her and she described herself as a pagan by nature and a pantheist. Good old wiki, I clicked on the link to “pantheist” and it brought me to Baruch (Benedict) Spinoza the 17th century philosopher who’s writing pantheism was eventually formed around. From wiki – “Pantheism is the belief that all of reality is identical with divinity, or that everything composes an all-encompassing, immanent god. Pantheists thus do not believe in a distinct personal or anthropomorphic god.” From what I could find there is one portrait of the man and it is used in one form or another over and over again in the media when writing about him. The sketch is my take. …dh