Thinker of the Week: Baruch Spinoza


Full Name: Baruch Spinoza

Born: 1632

Died: 1677

Hometown: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Fave Subjects: Math, Reality, Minds and Bodies, Reason and Emotion, Good and Evil

Career Highlights:

  • turned down higher paying jobs throughout his life to grind lenses and write philosophy
  • had theories so bold and different, he was kicked out of his community
  • appeared on Dutch money

Big Question:

Is the universe one big thing, or a collection of little things?