Spinoza and Leibniz
5 pages (1250 words)
Famous author of 'Ethics' was a lens grinder by his profession, and that is why (presumably, because of fine glass dust) he died so young, in the age of 44, in Hague. Brilliantly, he founded a version of 17th century Rationalism, Spinozism. (Nadler, 1999) Also, Spinoza was deeply concerned with ideas of 'the self' and 'the universe,' opposing mind-body dualism of Rene Descartes.