Thursday: Hili dialogue

July 2, 2015 • 7:00 am

I made it to Aspen, and have nice photos of the lovely speakers’ soirée last night (to follow). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili evinces some knowledge of Dutch history. G*d knows where she acquired that!

Hili: Erasmus had the most interesting ideas while out riding horseback.
A: Why do you say this?
Hili: I’m also inspired by Nature.


In Polish:
Hili: Erazm miał najciekawsze pomysły jadąc konno.
Ja: Dlaczego to mówisz?
Hili: Mnie też natura inspiruje.

12 thoughts on “Thursday: Hili dialogue

      1. Erasmus without qualification – a philosopher sort from IIRC 15th or 16th century Clog-land. Can’t remember anything in detail about him, but … wasn’t he a contemporary of Robert Bacon?

        Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (/ˌdɛzɪˈdɪəriəs ɪˈræzməs/; 27 October[1] 1466 – 12 July 1536), known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, or simply Erasmus, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian.
        Erasmus was a classical scholar who wrote in a pure Latin style. Among humanists he enjoyed the sobriquet “Prince of the Humanists”, and has been called “the crowning glory of the Christian humanists”.[2] Using humanist techniques for working on texts, he prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament, which raised questions that would be influential in the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation. He also wrote On Free Will,[3]

        Ah, that would explain why he is up near the front of Hili’s attention. All that thinking about Free Will must have brought “the Prince of Humanists” to Prof.CC’s attention a lot over the last few months.

        1. A century early for Bacon. Practically contemporaneous to within a few millimetres of sediment.

          1. “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”

            ― Desiderius Erasmus

    1. Hili is adamant that she talked about Erasmus of Rotterdam. She even showed me the evidence that Erasmus used to go horseback riding and that the idea for “Moriae encomium” came to him while riding in the mountains. This information was in the biography of Erasmus by Johan Huizinga, “Erasmus” (1924)

  1. The university of Rotterdam is called the Erasmus university. There were plans to scrap the faculty of philosophy but a few weeks ago the teachers were able to save it. It would be hilarious though: a university named after a philosopher without a faculty of philosophy.

    I’m glad to see Hili is picking up Dutch history. It’s also a bit of Polish history. The Poles made a big contribution to the liberation of the Netherlands in 1944-45. General Stanislaw Sosabowski and general Stanisław Maczek were involved in the liberation of Dutch cities. Maczek was even offered honorary Dutch citizenship and a house by the city of Breda.

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