sexta-feira, 1 de fevereiro de 2013


"I tried once to make Spinoza's system intelligible - to show that all things are mere accidents of a single substance. My friend interrupted me and said, 'but my God! Aren't you and I different men and do we not each possess an existence of our own?' 'Close the shutters!' I called to reply to his objection. This strange expression astonished him. He did not know what I meant. Finally, I explained myself. 'See', I said, 'the sun shines through the windows. The square window gives you a square reflection and the round window gives you a round reflection. Are they on that account different things and not one and the same sunshine?' "

Solomon Maimon, Lebengeschichte (1793)

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