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Within Reason: A Life of Spinoza (Us)

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The compelling biography of one of the most brilliant and controversial thinkers in Western history


Baruch or Benedictus de Spinoza (1632-1677) is considered one of the greatest Western thinkers and certainly the most rigorous of the Rationalist philosophers. Born of Jewish immigrants escaping the Spanish Inquisition, he was expelled from the Jewish community of Amsterdam for "horrendous heresies" in 1656. He came to be reviled by all religious authorities for claiming that humans were parts of a unified nature, that God was identical with nature, and that reason-not revelation-supplied the truth of any aspect of God, or Nature. Undeterred, Spinoza made this thesis the basis for a rational crusade against superstition and prejudice.


This highly informative biography shows how Spinoza's central beliefs developed within the context of his own life in Dutch society. Drawing on very recent scholarly research and making detailed reference to primary sources, some not previously explored, author Gullan-Whur focuses on the philosopher's attempt to act solely through reason in the face of turbulent personal and national circumstances.


Margaret Gullan-Whur debunks the myth of the philosopher as a lofty ascetic and exposes the emotional and sexual vulnerability behind Spinoza's misogynist tendencies. Within Reason offers a fresh, new and compelling look at the most important Rationalist and shows his living philosophical experiment to be sharply relevant today.


Cover paintings: Portrait of Spinoza, Dutch School, second half of the 17th century, reproduced courtesy of Haags Historisch Museum, The Hague
; detail from The Dam with the New Town Hall under Construction by Johannes Lingelbach reproduced by courtesy of Amsterdams Historisch Museum,
Amsterdam.

Synopsis:

The 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza was expelled from the Jewish community of Amsterdam at the age of 24 for "horrendous heresies" and was eventually reviled by all religious authorities for claiming that humans were parts of a unified nature, that God was identical with nature, and that reason, not revelation, supplied the truth of God.

This biography, drawing on very recent scholarly research and making detailed references to primary sources, some not previously explored, focuses on Spinoza's attempt to act solely through reason in the face of turbulent personal and national circumstances. It exposes Spinoza's emotional and sexual vulnerability, arrogance and misogyny, and shows his living philosophical experiment to be sharply relevant today.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 368-381) and index.

About the Author

Margaret Gullan-Whur gained a first-class degree in philosophy and critical theory of literature from the University of East Anglia, and a doctorate in the philosophy of Spinoza from University College London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312253585
Subtitle:
(a life of Spinoza )
Author:
Gullan-Whur, Margaret
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Netherlands
Subject:
Philosophers
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no. 99-8
Publication Date:
2000
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
xviii, 398 p., 8 p. of pl
Dimensions:
9.57x6.43x1.33 in. 1.64 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza was expelled from the Jewish community of Amsterdam at the age of 24 for "horrendous heresies" and was eventually reviled by all religious authorities for claiming that humans were parts of a unified nature, that God was identical with nature, and that reason, not revelation, supplied the truth of God.

This biography, drawing on very recent scholarly research and making detailed references to primary sources, some not previously explored, focuses on Spinoza's attempt to act solely through reason in the face of turbulent personal and national circumstances. It exposes Spinoza's emotional and sexual vulnerability, arrogance and misogyny, and shows his living philosophical experiment to be sharply relevant today.

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