Spinoza : A Life (Paperback)

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Complete biography of Spinoza based on detailed archival research.


Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521002936
SKU 30705574
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0521002931
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 0.75T
"The patient reader of SPINOZA A LIFE would be left with two possible mutually supporting 'pictures' of this biography. One picture is that of a well-documented, cautious, and wide-ranging social and political history of Jewish life in Holland between circa 1600 and 1677, within which Spinoza was one of the principal figures. The other picture (which only emerges after page 100) is of a careful, well-informed and philosophically astute series of expositions of Spinoza's major works and doctrines, linked together by brief factual transitions drawn from his letters and witnesses to his life. In either case, Spinoza's own life, apart from the expression of his views in his works and letters, appears as an overlay or imposition on a separable scholarly study."
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Editors Note Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) was one of the most important philosophers of all time; he was also arguably the most radical and controversial. 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 right into the heart of Jewish Amsterdam in the seventeenth century and, with Spinoza's exile from Judaism, right into the midst of the tumultuous political, social, intellectual and religious world of the young Dutch Republic. Though 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 with a serious interest in philosophy, Jewish history, seventeenth-century European history, and the culture of the Dutch Golden Age. Spinoza: A Life has recently been awarded the Koret Jewish Book Award.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0422
Publisher Cambridge University Press
$41.37 + free shipping
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