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Spinoza: A Life

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Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677) was one of the most important philosophers of all time; he was also one of the most radical and controversial. The story of Spinoza's life takes the reader into the heart of Jewish Amsterdam in the seventeenth century and, with Spinoza's exile from Judaism, into the midst of the tumultuous political, social, intellectual, and religious world of the young Dutch Republic. This new edition of Steven Nadler's biography, winner of the Koret Jewish Book Award for biography and translated into a dozen languages, is enhanced by exciting new archival discoveries about his family background, his youth, and the various philosophical, political, and religious contexts of his life and works. There is more detail about his family's business and communal activities, about his relationships with friends and correspondents, and about the development of his writings, which were so scandalous to his contemporaries.

Provides a fully updated edition of the standard biography

Accessibly written for scholars and general readers

The 1st edition is widely translated and was awarded the Koret Jewish Book Award for Biography in 2000

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Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay, II, Professor of Philosophy, Evjue-Bascom Professor in Humanities and Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author or editor of over twenty books, winner of the 2000 Koret Jewish Book Award for biography with Spinoza: A Life (Cambridge, 1999) and a Pulitzer Prize finalist with Rembrandt's Jews (2004). His books have been translated into over twenty languages.



1. Settlement

2. Abraham and Michael

3. Bento/Baruch

4. Talmud Torah

5. A merchant of Amsterdam

6. Cherem

7. Benedictus

8. A philosopher in Rijnsburg

9. 'The Jew of Voorburg'

10. Homo politicus

11. Calm and turmoil in The Hague

12. 'A free man thinks least of all of death'

A note on sources.

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