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Within Reason: A Life of Spinoza (Us)by Margare Gullan Whur
Synopses & Reviews
The compelling biography of one of the most brilliant and controversial thinkers in Western history
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.
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.
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