But first tell me, I beseech you, if you can, what the word philosophy
means? for though I name it so often, I know not what it is; I only
imagine it is a good thing.
SCIPIO: I will tell you in a few words: This appellation is compounded
of two Greek words, which are, Philos and Sophia; Philos signifies
love, and Sophia knowledge; so that philosophy signifies love of
knowledge; and a philosopher a lover of knowledge.
BERGANSA: You are extremely wise, Scipio, who the Devil taught you
SCIPIO: In good truth, Bergansa, you are very simple, in making so
great account of this, for these are things which every schoolboy,
even those in the lowest forms are acquainted with; and there are
likewise some who pretend to talk Greek, as well as Latin, who know
nothing of either.
BERGANSA: This is what I say, and I would have all such put into a
press, and the juice of all their knowledge squeezed out of them by
main force, that they might not go about deceiving people with the
tinsel of their scraps of Greek and false Latin, as the Portuguese do
with the negroes in Guinea.
SCIPIO: Bergansa, you ought to bite your tongue now, according to your
agreement; for we have been doing nothing all this while, but
censuring peoples actions.