February 4, 2013
Chapter 21: Enlightenment: Ally or Enemy?
• Baruch Spinoza
• Occult knowledge
• Natural philosophy
o No science because there’s no scientific method
o But values empirical information
o No system for empirical information ▯not science
• Wants to justify the Bible
o Problems: Copernicus problem ▯says earth revolve around sun not the other way
around but biblical text says the sun revolves around the earth because that is
what was thought in medieval ages
Human beings wrote the bible and we make mistakes ▯
• Maybe the whole thing is wrong?
If we are the center of God’s thoug