Philosophical Saints: Spinoza II

(This course completes the reading of the Ethics begun last term, but new members are welcome.)

What makes a philosophical saint? That the person knows a way to the Absolute and how to achieve knowledge of and relation with it. They know the One Alone to be real and substantial. They are philosophically acute in illuminating this elusive phenomenon, aka, Nature.

One of my favorites is Benedict Spinoza, a philosopher's philosopher. He was the inverse Socrates of his day, a deviant precursor of Nietzsche, both of whom are also philosophically sanctified. He was not a public figure, though he had many close and supportive friends nearby and abroad. He killed the idea of a personal and transcendent god only to recuperate the concept of an immanent god, God as Nature, or Substance.

In this case, Spinoza is a Saint also because he locates human thought and life in its necessary context, he situates ideas about emotion, good and bad, suffering, and freedom in the love of Nature.

The important thing in studying these philosophers is to develop a love for the Absolute, to inform one's emotions and will as well as one's thinking. You will also gain the ability to see patterns everywhere and roads to the heart of Being.

Readings

The Ethics, Treatise on the Improvement of the Understanding

Teacher - Eric Buck
Location - To be determined
Schedule - weekly, to be determined
Cost - pay what you can, but suggested contribution is $12/hour of class time per student.

Enroll or email ebuck(at)CorvidCollege(dot)org.

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