By Lodewijk Meijer
Lodewijk Meyer (1629-1681) accomplished status in his personal time because the writer of the 1st dictionary of the Dutch language, the director of the Amsterdam Theatre, and one of many co-founders of the literary society, Nil Volentibus arduum. a private good friend of Baruch Spinoza, Meyer was once the editor of the latter's rules of Cartesian Philosophy (for which he additionally supplied an intensive creation) and a type of who prepared for the e-book of the philosopher's works following his loss of life in 1677. the 1st version of Philosophy because the Interpreter of Holy Scripture used to be released anonymously in Amsterdam in 1666, and created an instantaneous furor and sequence of condemnations by way of the ecclesiastical courts. The paintings used to be additionally reprinted two times as an appendix to Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise; and in these variants was once attributed to Spinoza. An nameless Dutch version seemed in 1667, and new Latin variants in 1673 and 1674. proof for the endurance of the paintings and the controversies which surrounded it's present in the truth that it underwent a fourth variation lengthy after Meyer's loss of life in 1776. the current translation is the 1st into English, and utilises the Latin versions of 1666 and 1673. Notes and variation readings to the Dutch variation of 1667 also are supplied through Francis Pastijn (Marquette University). Samuel Shirley can also be the translator of the whole Latin works of Spinoza (Hackett Publishing Company), a sequence for which Lee Rice (Marquette college) additionally served as co-editor. end result of the relation among Meyer and Spinoza, and the actual relation which Meyer's learn of Scripture bears to Spinoza's personal Theologico-Political Treatise; Philosophy because the Interpreter ofHoly Scripture' is a useful source for the improvement of post-cartesian philosophy and its impression upon either theological and political debates on the finish of the 17th century.
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