Betraying Spinoza
About the Book
Part of the Jewish Encounter series

In 1656, Amsterdam’s Jewish community excommunicated Baruch Spinoza, and, at the age of twenty–three, he became the most famous heretic in Judaism. He was already germinating a secularist challenge to religion that would be as radical as it was original. He went on to produce one of the most ambitious systems in the history of Western philosophy, so ahead of its time that scientists today, from string theorists to neurobiologists, count themselves among Spinoza’s progeny.

In Betraying Spinoza, Rebecca Goldstein sets out to rediscover the flesh-and-blood man often hidden beneath the veneer of rigorous rationality, and to crack the mystery of the breach between the philosopher and his Jewish past. Goldstein argues that the trauma of the Inquisition’ s persecution of its forced Jewish converts plays itself out in Spinoza’s philosophy. The excommunicated Spinoza, no less than his excommunicators, was responding to Europe’ s first experiment with racial anti-Semitism.

Here is a Spinoza both hauntingly emblematic and deeply human, both heretic and hero—a surprisingly contemporary figure ripe for our own uncertain age.
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780805242096
EAN: 9780805242096
Binding: Hardback
Edition: annotated ed
Height: 198 mm
Illustrations: Illustrations
LCCN: 2005040175
No of Pages: 256
PrintOnDemand: N
Spine Width: 28 mm
UK Availability: TOS
Year Of Publication: 2006
ISBN-10: 0805242090
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Dewey: B
Gardner Classification Code: Q00
Illustration: Y
Language: English
MediaMail: Y
Pagination: 256 pages, Illustrations
Series Title: English
Star Rating: 1
Width: 135 mm