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Henry More critiques Spinoza

Thursday, 28 September 2017 at 21:24

Henry More on Dr John Dunn. I came across this wonderful destruction of Spinozism by one of the Cambridge Platonists, Henry More. The case against Spinoza is laid out very clearly indeed.

Whence if there is no substance which is God, or a being entirely and absolutely perfect, but only matter, as Spinoza would have it, then this Spinozan God is like a Goose among Geese, as Ass among Asses, a Toad among Toads, a Louse among Lice, a Tortoise among Tortoises, a man among Men, a Fool among Fools, a Maniac among Maniacs, a Spinoza in Spinoza. (Demonstrationis duarum…, Opera Omnia, p. 627) (Quoted in Allison P. Coudert, The Impact of the Kabbalah in the Seventeenth Century: Life and Thought of Francis Mercury van Helmont (1614-1698 - Brill's Series in Jewish Studies)

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