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Uriel Acosta

Uriel Acosta (1585 - 1640) was a philosopher from Portugal.

Acosta was born in Oporto, with the name Gabriel da Costa. His family was Jewish, but had converted to Catholicism. He convinced his family to convert back to Judaism and they had to move to Amsterdam. There he was persecuted by the Jewish authorities for his philosophical views (like Spinoza) and committed suicide.