Discuss Spinoza’s conception of the correct relationship between religion and politics. According to him. what is the nature of religious truth? How does he distinguish that truth from “superstition?` How does the state come into existence and what is its proper role? What kind of power ought the state to possess regarding the regulation of religion? Do church organizations have any place in politics? What rights should religious believers as well as other citizens enjoy regarding freedom of expression and worship? Apply Spinoza’s ideas to an analysis of any one of the three contemporary issues we discussed in this course: gay marriage, the death penalty, or the conflict between creationism and evolutionary biology.
determine irrationality of a suicide if there was no way possible of the individual knowing; it can only be judged if there was no attempt to get it from reliable sources (Battin 137-138). I think that Battin is inferring that not having the correct information could mean they are unable to participate in rational thought process. Another assumption of suicide not being rational due to this criterion is caused by internal factors, such as depression where they can unknowingly suppress certain information (Brandt, cited in Battin 1995, 138). She counters this by stating that you can still have adequate information because the future may be already negative, even with a smaller view (Battin 138-139). Therefore, from her counterargument, she is countering any claims of narrow views that the opposition would try to argue by stating that an individual’s health status does not matter. Battin states that some would claim that suicide would be irrational if one committed it because of an unlikely future, but states t>GET ANSWER