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Baruch Spinoza: The Giants of Philosophy Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Baruch Spinoza: The Giants of Philosophy (Unabridged), by Thomas Cook
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.14 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Cook Narrator: Charlton Heston Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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A Portuguese Jew living in Holland, Spinoza was excommunicated because of the unorthodox view he took of God. Spinoza wrote in the rationalist style of a geometric proof to develop his idea of God as the infinite, indwelling cause of all things, a unified causal system that is virtually synonymous with nature.

In this system, there is no free will, for all things are necessary and inevitable, and all objects, including humans, are part of God's active self-expression. Our minds can participate in the eternity of God by focusing on natural laws and the way all things follow from God or nature. Human fulfillment is possible, he believed, only by rejecting our finite, flawed selves and identifying with the eternal within us. Spinoza believed that by doing so we can love God with an immediate devotion without asking anything in return.

The Giants of Philosophy is a series of dramatic presentations, in understandable language, of the concerns, questions, interests, and overall world view of history's greatest philosophers. Special emphasis on clear and relevant explanations gives you a new arsenal of insights toward living a better life.

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About the Narrator

Charlton Heston (1923–2008) was among America’s most respected actors. Best known for his roles in historical films, Mr. Heston sensitively and clearly explains history’s greatest philosophical insights.