Spinoza's Short Treatise on God, Man, and Human Welfare

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Open Court Publishing Company, 1909 - Ethics - 178 pages
 

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A genius who followed the truth to wherever it led, no matter how counterintuitive or uncomfortable it may have been, then proved it is so with certainty and impeccable logic, putting the search for truth as the central focus of everything he did.
"On the emendation of the Understanding" would have been a great masterpiece of human logic, creating a logical framework within which to place logic itself, were he to live long enough to complete it and the Short Treatise is a inexorable outcome of the framework he expounded on in "The improvement of the Understanding". Spinoza has created a philosophy within which one can discover an unbreakable chain of reasoning, if they are willing to give up all their emotional attachments to accepted preconceptions and seriously study all the works of Spinoza with an open mind.
He also has clearly changed the course of history in many subtle ways, not the least of which was by influencing another genius, Albert Einstein, and, in my view, they are both an integral part of a continuous chain of cause and effect that goes from Jesus to modernity. In my view Spinoza's philosophy will, one day, have an even greater impact on the future then it has had on the present. That will occur when science eventually catches up to both Spinoza and Einstein, proving that their logically tempered intuitions are correct. Both of them being another part of a historical chain of cause and effect, one that has temporarily and irrationally skipped off the tracks, as it has done many times before in history, due to an emotional attachment to one preconception or another along with the human tendency to confound simple truths by draping them in incomprehensible and artificial complexity.
 

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