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Notes on Spinoza (1)

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CAS WR 150
Donald Gillis

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POLLOCK Citation: Pollock, Frederick, Sir. Spinoza: His Life and Philosophy. 2nd ed. New York:American Scholar Publications, 1966. Print. • Wrote letters/communicated with many others during his lifetime. In his letters with Oldenburg and De Vries they speak in “strictly philosophical interest” (Pollock 44) • “Oldenburg, [Dr. Lewis] Meyer, and De Vries, naturally wrote, as scholars, . . . and Spinoza replied to them in the same language” (Pollock 45) • “son of one of the wealthiest families inAmsterdam, at one time a promising scholar, and, we must suppose, more or less of a free-thinker” (Pollock 72) • “And with that he launched forth at no small length into denunciation of Spinoza’s profane and chimerical philosophy, mixed with compassion (or the right ecclesiastical sort) for the wretched estate of his soul if he should persist in his damnable errors. He marvels how a man of Spinoza’s abilities, eager in the pursuit of truth, coul
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