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In 1656, Amsterdam's Jewish community declared Baruch Spinoza excommunicated because he denied the immortality of the soul, the divinity of the ...Show synopsisIn 1656, Amsterdam's Jewish community declared Baruch Spinoza excommunicated because he denied the immortality of the soul, the divinity of the scripture, and challenged the idea that the Torah was literally given by God. His writings remain as provocative today.Hide synopsis
Description:New in fine dust jacket. SHIP DAILY from NJ; GIFT-ABLE as NEW,...New in fine dust jacket. SHIP DAILY from NJ; GIFT-ABLE as NEW, UNREAD fresh FIRST; NEW w/DJ NEAR NEW (sign of shelf life) AS SHOWN THIS PHOTO. Glued binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. Jewish Encounters. 287 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. 9539 9539--Publishers Weekly, 2006-03-20 This biography of 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) may seem out of place in the Jewish Encounters series, devoted to Jewish thinkers and themes, because Spinoza denied the importance of Jewish identity, and Amsterdam's Jewish community expelled him for heresy. But Goldstein, author of The Mind-Body Problem and Incompleteness and a professor of philosophy, reconstructs Spinoza's life and traces his metaphysics to his efforts to solve the dilemmas of Jewish identity. The philosopher grew up in a community of Jews who had fled the Spanish-Portuguese Inquisition. As Goldstein argues, Spinoza's "determination to think through his community's tragedy in the most universal terms possible compelled him to devise a unique life for himself, insisting on secularism when the concept of it had not yet been conceived." For Spinoza, "salvation" lay in achieving the radical objectivity of pure reason, which dissolves the contingent facts of one's personal history and religious and ethnic identity. Spinoza's effort to live as neither Jew nor Christian nor Muslim was unthinkable in the 17th century, but his arguments for political and religious tolerance were forerunners for the U.S. Constitution. In this admirable biography, Goldstein shows that Spinoza is paradoxically Jewish, "[f]or what can be more characteristic of a Jewish thinker than to use the Jewish experience as a conduit to universality? "
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Rebecca Goldstein tells a beautiful story in a beautiful way. She writes so clearly, setting out what one needs to know to appreciate the singular contribution of Spinoza's philosophy, courageously worked out by Spinoza nearly 500 years ago and published fearlessly for all the world to benefit. His ...
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