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Single Idea 17204

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 7. Animal Minds]

Full Idea

Many things are observed in brutes which far surpass human sagacity.

Gist of Idea

Animals are often observed to be wiser than people


Baruch de Spinoza (The Ethics [1675], III Pr 02)

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Ethics', ed/tr. White,WH/Stirling,AH [Wordsworth 2001], p.101

A Reaction

Lovely - especially in an age when animals were being actively downgraded (e.g. by Descartes) in order to upgrade man.