Tuesday, February 17, 2015


"I have written nothing that I would not willingly submit to the scrutiny and judgment of my country's government. If anything of what I say is deemed by them to contravene the laws of our country or to be injurious to the common good, I am ready to withdraw it. I realise that I am human and may have erred. But I have taken great pains to avoid error and to ensure that my writing should be in complete agreement with our country's laws, with piety, and with morality."

--Preface, Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise

(Great secularization or ironic reversal of Augustine's submission to the securus judicat orbis terrarum--the secure judgement of the whole world, which is to say, the Church.)

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