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Baruch Spinoza
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    (November 24, 1632-February 21, 1677)
    Also known as Benedictus de Spinoza
    Wrote 'The Principles of Descartes Philosophy' and 'Theologico-Political Treatise'
    He was expelled from the Jewish community for not believing in a personal god.
    He was a pantheist, believing that everything was made of one substance and was part of God.
    He died from inhaling too many lens grindings.
    Some modern scholars think that he might have been autistic.
    He was a rationalist, believing that all knowledge was innate.
    His family was forced to convert to Catholicism, and had to flee because they secretly still practiced Judaism.
    He was known as the most talented lens maker in all of Europe during his life.
    Scientists would order lenses from him, knowing that they would not be as effective if they got them from someone else.
    He managed to escape from an would-be assassin who attacked him with a knife.
    Although it would have made him some extra money, he declined dedicating his books to Louis XIV.

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