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Spinoza's heresy : immortality and the Jewish mind, Steven Nadler

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Spinoza's heresy : immortality and the Jewish mind
Title
Spinoza's heresy
Title remainder
immortality and the Jewish mind
Statement of responsibility
Steven Nadler
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 acclaimed, award-winning 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." "After 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 postmortem 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 this 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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nadler, Steven M.
Dewey number
199/.492
Index
index present
LC call number
B3999.I4
LC item number
N33 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Future life
  • Jewish philosophy
  • Philosophy, Medieval
  • Immortality
  • Spinoza, Benedictus de
  • Portugees-Israëlietische Gemeente te Amsterdam
Label
Spinoza's heresy : immortality and the Jewish mind, Steven Nadler
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [213]-222) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cherem in Amsterdam -- Abominations and heresies -- Patriarchs, prophets, and rabbis -- The philosophers -- Eternity and immortality -- The life of reason -- Immortality on the Amstel
Control code
47696794
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 225 pages
Isbn
9780199247073
Lccn
2001036731
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Spinoza's heresy : immortality and the Jewish mind, Steven Nadler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [213]-222) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cherem in Amsterdam -- Abominations and heresies -- Patriarchs, prophets, and rabbis -- The philosophers -- Eternity and immortality -- The life of reason -- Immortality on the Amstel
Control code
47696794
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 225 pages
Isbn
9780199247073
Lccn
2001036731
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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