Spinoza & Locke

Posted by Dino Annest on 7/20/2017

Sophie meets Spinoza: a quiz in one act         name_____________________________

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0. What religion was Spinoza? __________________________

1. By utilizing a historico-critical interpretation of the Bible, Spinoza says:

a. the historical element of the Bible can be applied as an absolute to philosophical studies

b. the Bible must first be examined as historical document; then it may be applied to

    philosophical/religious study.

c. the Bible is not inspired by God down to the letter; we must bear in mind the period of    

    time in which it was written.

d. we must analyze the context of the Bible as it is interpreted through various centuries

    before we can believe it.

2. Spinoza made a meager living by performing what service? (hint: think”perspective”)



3. Spinoza holds that God did not create the world in order to stand outside it; rather God ________ the world and the world _____________ _____________ God.

4. Descartes admitted two substances, ______________, and ________________.  Spinoza stated that there is only one, ____________ or _____________.  This makes Spinoza a ________________, as opposed to Plato and Descartes, who were ___________________s.

5. This one reality has two attributes.  God, or nature, reveals itself as

_____________________ and _______________________.


6. We only possess free will to the extent that  ___________ and our

______________________ allow us.



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Sophie Lockes Down Position on Philosophy!

Empiricists Leave Lasting Impression!


(London, UK) - The Empiricists, also known as the “philosophers of ________________”, have held to the belief that all knowledge of the world is derived from ______  ______________. Ancient philosopher ________________has been quoted as saying “there is nothing in __________except what was first ____ ____ _________s.”    Locke has repeated these words and aims them at fellow philosopher __________________, who

Tabula Rasa!

This latin term, which means ___________ ________ has caused the author of “Sophie’s World” to draw comparisons. Specifically, he writes that the mind before any sensory input is much like ______________ _______________________________.  He adds that as humans begin to smell, taste, feel and hear,  ______ ______________________arise.  When these are worked on by thinking, reasoning, believing, and doubting, we have reached the process of ___________________.

The author gives the example of an apple, whose simple sensations include recognizing the ________ __________, the fresh scent, and the juicy taste combine to form _________  _________, namely an __________.  Locke concludes that knowledge that cannot be trace back to __ _________ _____________ must be _______ knowledge and therefore rejected.

Primary vs. Secondary Qualities!

Primary qualities of an object are stated by Locke as being ________,  ______, and __________. Secondary (or subjective) qualities include __________ __________, and __________.

Locke concluded by stating that there are certain ethical principles that apply to everyone, which he called a _____________  _______.



Louis the XIV  exclaimed “__ ___  ____  ________!”, which, according to Locke’s theory of the division of powers, makes Louis an ____________  ____________. According to Locke in that case, what must happen to Louis? -(BE SPECIFIC!)  ______________________________________________________________