Philosophy - Baruch Spinoza

Can the understanding of science be the ultimate way to connect to God? Baruch Spinoza's attempt to create an ethical system based on science and a foundational connection to religion is the focus of a short philosophy video.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Include The Ethics in a discussion about philosophy, world religions, or the connection between science and spirituality
  • Have high schoolers write an argument essay about their perception of Spinoza's writing
Classroom Considerations
  • Addresses key aspects of Judeo-Christian beliefs analytically, as well as the negative reaction of Spinoza's beliefs by the Jewish community
  • Claims that The Ethics is more substantive than the Bible
  • Comment section is open to the public, and is full of opinions about organized religion
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Helpful animation and narration moves the main idea along
  • Learners can relate to the attempt to use science and religion to explain one's world
Cons
  • None