Adriaan Koerbagh, friend of Spinoza, has a place in the clandestine philosophical literature. His two works, both of 1668, Een Bloemhof van allerley lieflijkheyd sonder verdriet and Een ligt schynende in duystere plaatsen, have the shape of a printed clandestine treatise. Concerning the content, we can find a critique of metaphysics and of religion, a philosophical naturalism and the anti-hierarchical idea of universal equality and freedom. The most eminent difference with the clandestine literature although is: Koerbagh has exclusively written in Dutch and his aim was to reach with his message a large public. In this article I illustrate this particular condition between underground and public sphere by an analysis of some examples chosen in the two mentioned works.
Translated title of the contributionBetween the underground and the public sphere. The case of Koerbagh
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)33-48
Number of pages16
JournalLa Lettre Clandestine
VolumeSpinoza et la littérature philosophique clandestine
Issue numberN°26
Publication statusPublished - May 2018

    Research areas

  • Spinoza - Enlightenment - littérature clandestine

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