Spinoza: Finding Freedom in Understanding

The philosopher who inspired Einstein

Steven Gambardella
Jan 19, 2019 · 9 min read
By the age of 23 Baruch Spinoza was subjected to an attempt on his life and had been cursed and ostracised from his community. His philosophical and spiritual beliefs had put him at odds with society but made him a prophet to modern thinkers like Albert Einstein. Rembrandt van Rijn, The Sacrifice of Isaac (detail), 1635 (source: Wikipedia).