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The courtier and the heretic : Leibniz, Spinoza, and the fate of God in the modern world

Author: Matthew Stewart
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Philosophy in the late seventeenth century was a dangerous business. No careerist could afford to side with the reclusive philosopher and "atheist Jew" Spinoza. Yet the ambitious young genius Leibniz became obsessed with Spinoza's writings, wrote him clandestine letters, and ultimately called on Spinoza in person at his home in The Hague. Both men were at the center of the intense religious, political, and personal  Read more...
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Named Person: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; Benedictus de Spinoza; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; Benedictus de Spinoza; Benedictus de Spinoza; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; Benedictus de Spinoza
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Stewart
ISBN: 0393058980 9780393058987 9780393329179 0393329178
OCLC Number: 61131755
Description: 351 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Hague, November 1676 --
Bento --
Gottfried --
A life of the mind --
God's attorney --
The hero of the people --
The many faces of Leibniz --
Friends of friends --
Leibniz in love --
A secret philosophy of the whole of things --
Approaching Spinoza --
Point of contact --
Surviving Spinoza --
The antidote to Spinozism --
The haunting --
The return of the repressed --
Leibniz's end --
Aftermath.
Responsibility: Matthew Stewart.
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In this exquisitely written philosophical romance of attraction and repulsion, greed and virtue, religion and heresy, Matthew Stewart dramatizes a titanic clash of beliefs that still continues today.  Read more...

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