Inutilis scientia Spinozana [73] The First Spinoza Community [Fake-cover?]

Ongeveer een week geleden plaatste iemand, Maxwell Bax, op Instagram onderstaande afbeelding.

Het lijkt toch duidelijk een boekje, getiteld: The First Spinoza Community.

Daarop is geschreven:  "Something I was handed at school. Interesting views expressed by Spinoza on friendship. Agree? Yea!"

Maar, zo takel je een boekje toch niet toe?

Als je verder via Google niets over 'n boekje met deze titel vindt, ook niet bij de Duitse Spinoza bibliografie en evenmin bij Jean Préposiet, Bibliographie spinoziste. [Presses Univ. Franche-Comté, 1973 books.google], dan ga je aan het bestaan ervan twijfelen.

Maar ik kan me een boekje met zo'n fraaie titel zo heel makkelijk voorstellen. Dat móet toch ooit uitgegeven zijn!

 

Aanvulling zelfde dag: 

Toch vond ik iets meer toen ik, nadat ik bovenstaande blog gemaakt had, nog eens de titel ingaf, maar nu tussen aanhalingstekens. Dat leverde dit resultaat op.

Daaruit blijkt dat het om een bescheiden uitgave van 7 bladzijden in 1932 gaat door het Spinoza Center dat in 1923 was opgericht door Frederick Kettner (de stichter van de "biosofie") [cf. blog]

Worldcat en books.google weten de datum van het bescheiden werkje niet en geven resp. 193- en 193? Maar het moet 1932 geweest zijn, zo  is af te leiden uit het volgende bericht dat tevens meer inzicht in de achtergrond verschaft:

Einstein Lauds Philosophy of Baruch Spinoza in Tercentenary Message
November 27, 1932

Praise for the tenets of Baruch Spinoza, the tercentenary of whose birth occurred on Thursday, is expressed in a message sent by Professor Albert Einstein to the Spinoza Institute of America.

The message declared:

“To Spinoza the spiritual and the material are merely different manifestations of one universal, deterministic reality. This concept has become the intellectual heritage of all men who seek the spiritual values in the field of the material. But even our age is still very far from grasping the full implication of this concept in its application to life, as Spinoza has grasped it.

“The recognition of the causal interrelationships of human behavior should lift our actions to a higher plane of conduct, which should not be subject to the irrational reactions of blind emotion. Our behavior should be motivated by the ever-present realization that human beings in their thoughts, feelings and actions are not free agents, but are as subject to the inexorable laws of cause and effect as are the stars in their courses.

“Spinoza has shown us that the comprehension of this all-embracing causality is very largely within the grasp of the human intellect. Spinoza’s analysis of the realm of the spiritual, as given by him in his ‘Ethics,’ is for this reason of far reaching educational significance. There is nothing to be more ardently wished for than that this book may influence an ever-wider circle of human beings and thus exert its spiritual force on individuals and society alike.”

In New York City the tercentenary was marked by a testimonial meeting at City College on Wednesday evening and a dinner on Thursday evening at the Plaza in which educators, writers and scholars participated.

At the City College meeting testimonials were read from Sir Frederick Pollack, legal authority, and Dr. Samuel Alexander, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manchester.

Speakers included Dr. Frederick B. Robinson, president of City College; Professor Isaac Husik of the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Gabriel R. Mason, principal of the Abraham Lincoln High School; Dr. Jacob Shatzky, American delegate to the Spinoza Congress at The Hague; Dr. I. H. Muraskin, president of the Spinoza Institute, and Harry Watson, author of “The Philosophy of Spinoza.”

The dinner meeting was addressed by Dr. Robinson, John Erskine, Benjamin De Casseres, a lineal descendant of Spinoza; Professor Erwin Edman of Columbia University; Dr. George S. Hellman, who read from a paper by Dr. A. A. Brill, psychoanalyst; W. P. Montyn, Consul General of the Netherlands; and Dr. Frederick Kettner.

The Spinoza Center, founded nine years ago by Dr. Kettner, celebrated the tercentenary by announcing the establishment of “the first Spinoza Community” which will pool its financial, social, religious and educational resources.

the tercentenary of the birth of Baruch Spinoza.

Three distinguished speakers, all Jews, addressed the Institute and expounded Spinoza’s philosophy. They were Sir Herbert Samuel, Professor S. Alexander and Professor A. Wolf.

All stressed the Jewish surroundings in which Spinoza was brought up and the Jewish influence on his thought. They described the economic and social standing of the Jewish people during Spinoza’s lifetime.

[Cf.]  

De 7-pagina's tellende brochure gold dus kennelijk de vestiging van “the first Spinoza Community” waarmee het Spinoza Centrum financiële e.a. middelen wilde verwerven.

 

En samen met deze foto van de plechtige bijeenkomst bij gelegenheid van Spinoza's 300e geboortedag gaf The Biosophical Institute deze informatie

In the United States, in honor of Spinoza’s 300th birthday (in 1932), it was the Spinoza Center that sponsored a tercentenary celebration of the birth of Benedict Spinoza. Dr. Frederick Kettner, the leader of the Spinoza Center, made public the “Declaration of the First Spinoza Community”. [Cf.]

Ook werd the 1933 Spring issue of the Spinoza Quarterly [Vol 2 #3 Issue_001] als PDF gepubliceerd en dat leverde nóg een verrassende ontdekking op voor twee volgende blogs ( blog1 en blog2).  

N.B. wat begon als "Inutilis scientia Spinozana" werd gaande de ontdekkingsreis almaar  "onnuttige kennis".