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Spinoza : a life

Author: Steven M Nadler
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Baruch Spinoza (1632-77) was one of the most important philosophers of all time; he was also, arguably, the most radical and controversial. Born into a Portuguese Jewish merchant family living in Amsterdam, Spinoza was banished from the Sephardic community as a young man, apparently for his heretical views." "This is the first complete biography of Spinoza in any language and is based on detailed archival research.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Benedictus de Spinoza; Benedictus de Spinoza; Benedictus de Spinoza; Baruch Spinoza
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven M Nadler
ISBN: 0521552109 9780521552103
OCLC Number: 39533323
Description: xiii, 407 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: Settlement --
Abraham and Michael --
Bento/Baruch --
Talmud Torah --
A Merchant of Amsterdam --
Cherem --
Benedictus --
A Philosopher in Rijnsburg --
"The Jew of Voorburg" --
Homo Politicus --
Calm and Turmoil in The Hague --
"A free man thinks least of all of death."
Responsibility: Steven Nadler.
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"Baruch Spinoza (1632-77) was one of the most important philosophers of all time; he was also, arguably, the most radical and controversial. Born into a Portuguese Jewish merchant family living in Amsterdam, Spinoza was banished from the Sephardic community as a young man, apparently for his heretical views." "This is the first complete biography of Spinoza in any language and is based on detailed archival research. More than simply recounting the story of Spinoza's life, the book takes the reader into the heart of Jewish Amsterdam in the seventeenth century and, with Spinoza's exile from Judaism, also into the midst of the tumultuous political, social, intellectual, and religious world of the young Dutch Republic." "Although the book will be an invaluable resource for philosophers, historians, and scholars of Jewish thought, it has been written for any member of the general reading public who has a serious interest in philosophy, Jewish history, seventeenth-century European history, or the culture of the Dutch Golden Age."--Jacket.

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