[PW] spurious Spinoza quote?
phasco at earthlink.net
Tue Jan 22 11:47:55 PST 2019
'bat colleagues, I need help, please.
Albert Einstein said "I believe in [Baruch] Spinoza's God." That much is clear. But there
seems to be a longer elaboration of this that is neither Einstein nor Spinoza.
I am looking at this Spanish text that vaguely purports to be Einstein quoting Spinoza:
If you click on "see original" at the bottom of this text, it gives what appears to be not the
"original," but rather a poor English machine translation of the Spanish.
I think I have traced most of the original Spanish text to Enrique Martinez Lozano (Spanish
sociologist & theologian, b. 1950), wherein he does not mention Einstein or Spinoza:
Can anybody confirm that the words are indeed originally by Martinez, and nothing quite like it
in Einstein or Spinoza? (even if in a 21st century new agey way they somewhat reflect the
philosophy of Einstein and Spinoza.)
Can anybody also confirm that Einstein's "I believe in the God of Spinoza" was basically a
pre-1930 one-off remark as explained here:
and not something that he routinely elaborated on lecture tours after his arrival in the US in
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