The First Orchestrated Attack on Spinoza: Johannes Melchioris and the Cartesian Network in Utrecht

A.J. Gootjes

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Abstract

This article examines the immediate Dutch reception of the Tractatus theologico-politicus. Using newfound archival sources it demonstrates that the anti-Spinoza activity of the Cartesians in Utrecht extends far beyond the well-known writings of Lambertus van Velthuysen and Regnerus van Mansveld. Their Cartesian network not only produced the very first public refutation to appear, but also formed a center for coordinating much of the Dutch response to Spinoza. This engagement, it is argued in closing, must be accounted for in Spinoza reception history, and forms the background to the mysterious visit Spinoza paid to Utrecht in the summer of 1673.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-43
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of the History of Ideas
Volume79
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Spinoza
  • Dutch Cartesianism
  • Utrecht
  • Theological-Political Treatise
  • Melchioris
  • Collegie der scavanten

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