Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Quote of the day

"O youth deprived of understanding, who has bewitched you into believing, that the Supreme and Eternal is eaten by you and held in your intestines?" - Baruch Spinoza, letter to Albert Burgh (Dec. 1675), as quoted in Betraying Spinoza

Burgh had been a student of Spinoza's, but during a trip to Italy he converted to Roman Catholicism and sent Spinoza a letter in September vehemently denouncing Spinoza's philosophy. Spinoza died two months after sending his response.*

Debunking Christianity has a full text of the exchange.

*Some sites list Spinoza's death in 1677, nearly two years after the letter. I'm using the date given by Goldstein in Betraying Spinoza.

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