1639

Daniel Georg Morhof

Sluiten
First name
Daniel Georg
Last name
Morhof
Date of Birth
1639
Date of Death
1691
Born in
Wismar
Died in
L├╝beck

Daniel Georg Morhof read law and classical literature in Rostock. He held the chair of eloquence and poetry at Kiel University (1665). A prolific writer, Morhof’s magnum opus is particularly considered Polyhistor sive de notitia et rerum commentarii  … (Lübeck, 1688–92), a critical presentation of universal literature, philosophy, civil customs, and applied science. In the latter work (in the chapter ‘De libris damnatis’, p. 74), he states:

Which of the books by Benedictus de Spinoza is pestilent? And are these still celebrated everywhere. Is it his ‘Tractatus theologico-politicus’ that erodes all sacred books on divine faith? Does it reject and hiss out all miracles.

In a letter to Mauritius in October 1671, Morhof says:

Regarding the author of “Tractatus theologico-politicus” people tend to believe him to be an excommunicated Jew, named Spinoza; this is what Lipstorp has assured me.

Source: Leibniz, 1745, vol. 2, pp. 1350–1.

See: Kern, 1928; Tolomio, 1993; Wacquet, 2000.

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Erich Mauritius

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