An interlocutor asked Spinoza if he believed in ghosts. The interlocutor said he himself believed in ghosts but he was unsure if there were any female ghosts. Spinoza said, why wouldn’t people know for certain if there were female ghosts? Why didn’t they look at their ghostly genitals –were they afraid? In this exchange I believe Spinoza exhibits the characteristics of a good philosopher: courage, lack of squeamishness, and a willingness to ask the questions that are so obvious nobody has yet asked them.
Question for readers: Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever experienced one? Have you had a chance to examine its genitals?