Benedict De Spinoza

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Birthday
24, 1632
Birthplace
Netherlands
Death Date
Feb 21, 1677 (44)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
24, 1632
Birthplace
Netherlands
Death Date
Feb 21, 1677 (44)

About

Dutch philosopher known for his rationalist theories that helped set the table for 18th century Enlightenment ideals. His most well-known piece of literature, entitled Ethics, was released posthumously and placed on the Catholic Churgh's Index of Forbidden Books.

Before Fame

He was raised in a traditional Jewish family, attending synagogue regularly.

Trivia

One of his many philosophies was the belief that God exists in an abstract and impersonal state.

Family Life

He was born Baruch Spinoza in Amsterdam. His father Miguel was a merchant and the warden of a synagogue.

Associated With

He was actively opposed to the views of French philosopher Rene Descartes.