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SPINOZA:. A FOUNDING FATHER OF WESTERN “MONISM”. “MONISM”. WAY OF THINKING THAT BOTH MIND AND BODY ARE THE SAME THING DIFFERENTLY EXPRESSED. ESSENTIAL IDEAS:. We know God exists, and he is infinite. If He is infinite, he cannot have boundaries.

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SPINOZA:

A FOUNDING FATHER OF WESTERN “MONISM”

monism
“MONISM”

WAY OF THINKING THAT BOTH MIND AND BODY ARE THE SAME THING DIFFERENTLY EXPRESSED.

essential ideas
ESSENTIAL IDEAS:
  • We know God exists, and he is infinite.
  • If He is infinite, he cannot have boundaries.
  • If He cannot have boundaries, there cannot be anything that God is not.
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ESSENTIAL IDEAS
  • Because He cannot be one entity and the world another, God must be co-extensive with everything there is.
  • Whether we describe anything in the abstract or in material, this is merely two different ways of describing the same reality.
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ESSENTIAL IDEAS
  • We should never obsess with personal problems; if we look at the totality of things we will find them to be insignificant.
  • Balance, perspective, toleration, and freedom of speech are keys to human nature.
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KEY QUESTION:

CAN THERE BE FREE WILL IF EVERYTHING IS DETERMINED BY BEING “PART OF GOD?”

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KEY QUESTION:

IF YOU CAN DRAMATIZE A PERSONAL PROBLEM OF ADOLESCENTS WHAT WOULD IT BE? HOW MIGHT YOU RESOLVE THIS PROBLEM BY CONSIDERING IT, IN THE TOTALITY OF THINGS, INSIGNIFICANT?