Theodor Ludwig Lau

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Theodor Ludwig Lau (Königsberg, East Prussia, 15 June 1670-Altona, February 1740) was a German lawyer known for his radical writings.[1] He adopted a materialistic-and pantheistic interpretation of Spinoza's Ethics shared by Friedrich Wilhelm Stosch.[2]


  • Meditationes philosophicae de Deo, Mundo, et Homine (1717)
  • Meditationes, Theses, Dubia philosophico-theologica (1719).
  • Entwurf einer wohleingerichteten Polizey (Frankfurt-Main 1717)


  1. ^ Jonathan I. Israel Radical Enlightenment:Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650-1750 2001 Page v "Theodor Ludwig Lau (1670–1740) In the wake of Knutzen, Tschirnhaus, Stosch, and Wachter, the next radical thinker to provoke outrage in Germany was Theodor Ludwig Lau.163 Born and raised in East Prussia, Lau's father had been a ..."
  2. ^ David Bell, Spinoza in Germany from 1670 to the age of Goethe 1984 Page 15 "... it to be atheistic and hostile to religion and the established order. Similarly, the crass materialistic-pantheistic misinterpretation of the Ethics was shared by both Friedrich Wilhelm Stosch (1646-1704) and Theodor Ludwig Lau (1670-1740)"