Spinoza: His Life and Philosophy (Reprints in Philosophy)
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Publisher: Date:Unknown - Irvington Publishers
By: Frederick Pollock
Excerpt from book: SPINOZA HIS LIFE AND PHILOSOPHY CHAPTER I THE LIFE OF SPINOZA Quae cum magna modis multis miranda videtur gentibus humanis regio visendaquc fertur, rebus opima bonis, multa munita virum vi, nil tamen hoc habuiase viro pracclarius in sc nee sanctum magis et mirum carumque videtur. Lucretius, i. 726. It came tohis, that they went to the Qadhi and testified against me of unbeliever- hood j and women got upon the roofs and cast unclean things upon me. AtJ Sa'/d, ap. Tennyson, notes to " Akbar's Dream." Baruch De Spinoza was born at Amsterdam on the 24th of November 1632. His parents were members of the community of Jewish emigrants from Portugal and Spain which had then been established in the Netherlands for something more than a generation. One Abraham d'Espinoza, possibly Baruch's grandfather, settled there about the end of the sixteenth century. Baruch's father was named Michael, and came from Figueira near Coimbra in Portugal. He was thrice married : Baruch was a child of the second marriage. The other children who grew up were two daughters, Rebecca by the first marriage and Miriam by the second. The house in Amsterdam where Michael d'Espinoza and Hanna Debora his second wife were living at the date ofBaruch's birth cannot now be identified. Before we enter on Spinoza's life, it may be not amiss to let our attention rest for a while on the society in which he as brought up, the vicissitudes of its foundation and growth. and the tone of thought and instruction which prevatled m it.1 Something we may there find to throw light on the manner in which the early signs of Spinoza's philosophical genius were received by his own people, though we shall assuredly be disappointed if we look in external circumstances of education or study, in the influence of maste... -opisanie