Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity (Jewish Encounters Series)

Rebecca Goldstein


Part of the Jewish come upon series

In 1656, Amsterdam’s Jewish neighborhood excommunicated Baruch Spinoza, and, on the age of twenty–three, he turned the main well-known heretic in Judaism. He was once already germinating a secularist problem to faith that might be as radical because it was once unique. He went directly to produce probably the most formidable structures within the heritage of Western philosophy, so prior to its time that scientists this present day, from string theorists to neurobiologists, count number themselves between Spinoza’s progeny.

In Betraying Spinoza, Rebecca Goldstein units out to rediscover the flesh-and-blood guy frequently hidden underneath the veneer of rigorous rationality, and to crack the secret of the breach among the thinker and his Jewish prior. Goldstein argues that the trauma of the Inquisition’ s persecution of its pressured Jewish converts performs itself out in Spinoza’s philosophy. The excommunicated Spinoza, at least his excommunicators, used to be responding to Europe’ s first test with racial anti-Semitism.

Here is a Spinoza either hauntingly emblematic and deeply human, either heretic and hero—a unusually modern determine ripe for our personal doubtful age.

From the Hardcover edition.

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