Baruch Spinoza

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Dutch philosopher

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According to Wikipedia, Baruch Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher of Portuguese-Jewish origin, born in Amsterdam. One of the foremost exponents of 17th-century Rationalism and one of the early and seminal thinkers of the Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism including modern conceptions of the self and the universe, he came to be considered "one of the most important philosophers—and certainly the most radical—of the early modern period." Inspired by Stoicism, Jewish Rationalism, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Descartes, and a variety of heterodox religious thinkers of his day, Spinoza became a leading philosophical figure during the Dutch Golden Age. Spinoza's given name, which means "Blessed", varies among different languages. In Hebrew, his full name is written . In most of the documents and records contemporary with Spinoza's years within the Jewish community, his name is given as Bento, Portuguese for "Blessed". In his works in Latin and Dutch, he used the name "Benedictus de Spinoza".

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What Are Baruch Spinoza's Academic Contributions?

Baruch Spinoza is most known for their academic work in the field of philosophy. They are also known for their academic work in the fields of religious studies, political science, literature, and communications.

Baruch Spinoza has made the following academic contributions:

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