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On Spinoza, Walter Kaufmann, and God

Here’s an interesting little quote from Spinoza’s Ethics (Samuel Shirley translation), in the scholium to proposition 47 of part II:

That men do not have as clear a knowledge of God as they do of common notions arises from the fact that they are unable to imagine God as they do bodies, and that they have connected the word “God” with the images of things which they commonly see […].

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Philosophical Meanderings

Bukowski in Eden

Nothing but a bell-tolling dread, dear. It’s nothing important.
Ah, my lovely wife, always apprehensive when Rapture comes.
Jean, my dear, I say, if it weren’t for the Bone Kingdom, my pension wouldn’t allow us to submerge in each other’s horrid thoughts about the sub-recesses of suicide. 316 more words


I have a problem with people referring to modern polytheist practices built from past dead folk spiritualities as “reconstructionism”. I cannot say with any certainty that that term is accurate. 666 more words


2015: Year of the Liberal or Terrorist Sympathizer?

2015 has just begun and already the ugly face of religious extremism has unmasked itself. Excluding the continual massacres in the Middle East, three new attacks (one in France and two in Nigeria) have already gained infamy, all of which are tragic and disturbing events. 428 more words


On Spinoza

I begin this semester excitedly, for I have an independent study with one of my favorite professors dealing with one of the most fascinating philosophers: Baruch Spinoza. 808 more words

Philosophical Meanderings

A Brief Overview of the Difference Between Karma and Grace and Why They are Incompatible

“Karma is a bitch.” Is probably one of the most frequent phrases I hear from Christians.

Karma is the Buddhist ideal that everything you put into the universe, or take out, will be the ultimate factor in the way the universe treats you. 341 more words