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Spinoza's heresy : immortality and the Jewish mind

Author: Steven M Nadler
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
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"At the heart of Spinoza's Heresy is a mystery: why was Baruch Spinoza so harshly excommunicated from the Amsterdam Jewish community at the age of twenty-four?" "In this philosophical sequel to his biography of the seventeenth-century thinker, Steven Nadler argues that Spinoza's main offence was a denial of the immortality of the soul. But this only deepens the mystery. For there is no specific Jewish dogma  Read more...
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Named Person: Benedictus de Spinoza; Baruch De Espinosa; Benedictus ((de)) Spinoza
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steven M Nadler
ISBN: 0199268878 9780199268870
OCLC Number: 53155477
Notes: Originally published : 2001.
Description: xi, 225 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Cherem in Amsterdam --
Abominations and heresies --
Patriarchs, prophets, and rabbis --
The philosophers --
Eternity and immortality --
The life of reason --
Immortality on the Amstel.
Responsibility: Steven Nadler.

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"At the heart of Spinoza's Heresy is a mystery: why was Baruch Spinoza so harshly excommunicated from the Amsterdam Jewish community at the age of twenty-four?" "In this philosophical sequel to his biography of the seventeenth-century thinker, Steven Nadler argues that Spinoza's main offence was a denial of the immortality of the soul. But this only deepens the mystery. For there is no specific Jewish dogma regarding immortality: there is nothing that a Jew is required to believe about the soul and the afterlife. It was, however, for various religious, historical and political reasons, simply the wrong issue to pick on in Amsterdam in the 1650s." "Aftering considering the nature of the ban, or cherem, as a disciplinary tool in the Sephardic community, and a number of possible explanations for Spinoza's ban, Nadler turns to the variety of traditions in Jewish religious thought on the post-mortem fate of a person's soul. This is followed by an examination of Spinoza's own views on the eternity of the mind and the role that the denial of personal immortality plays in his overall philosophical project. Nadler argues that Spinoza's beliefs were not only an outgrowth of his own metaphysical principles, but also a culmination of an intellectualist trend in Jewish rationalism."--BOOK JACKET.

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