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Durant on Spinoza

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

6 thoughts on “Durant on Spinoza

  1. Hi Daniela, Thanks for the shoutout!

  2. I never got up the courage to read all the volumes. I read his “The Story of Philosophy,” as you can tell, and loved it. To supplement my desire for learning about history and civilization, I read Spengler’s “The Decline of the West,” Toynbee’s “A Study of History” (both volumes), Kenneth Clark’s “Civilisation,” and Jacob Bronowski’s “The Ascent of Man.” The last two I found especially good, since they were packed with imagery.

    • I read Our Oriental Heritage and Caesar and Christ. I’ll have to pick up The Story of Philosophy and will look into Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation. I find history and philosophy interesting, but so many of the books on the subject are so tedious, scholarly and dry it’s hard to get through them.

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