Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science.  Die fröhliche Wissenschaft.

First published in 1882.

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Owing to three Errors.

Science has been furthered during recent centuries, parely because it was hoped that God’s goodness and wisdom would be best understood therewith – this was the principal motive of great Englishmen (like Newton); parely because the absolute utility of knowledge was believed in, and especially the most intimate connection of morality, knowledge, and happiness - the principal motive of great Frenchmen (like Voltaire); and parely because it was thought that in science there was something unselfish, harmless, self-sufficing, lovable, and truly innocent to be had, in which the evil human impulses did not at all pareicipate - the principal motive of Spinoza, who felt divine as a knowing being: it is consequently owing to three errors that science has been furthered.  
 

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