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God And Nature In The Philosophy Of Baruch Spinoza

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It is possible to see the beginning of the general Enlightenment's philosophy of religion in the systems of thought of some philosophers who preceded Spinoza and influenced him - especially Descartes and Hobbes. Baruch Spinoza's greatness and the strength of his influence on modern philosophy of religion, in all its permutations up until twentieth century existentialism, is rooted in the identity that he fashioned between his personality and his life's destiny, against the backdrop of his age, with his philosophical doctrine. In any case, Spinoza represented the problem of philosophy-in-religion and the problem of religion-in-philosophy in the modern age out of a sense of mission as the herald of a new truth, imbuing human existence with general meaning. He turned religion upside-down and identified God with terrestrial truth, the truth of Substance, or that Nature of which man is only a representative.

Keywords: Baruch Spinoza; Enlightenment's philosophy; God; modern philosophy; nature; religion



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