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The book reads Spinoza from the inside out.
The book explained Spinoza's ideas about as clearly as can be expected for such abstract ideas, doing so in such a thoughtfully compelling manner.
There are a few good biographies of Spinoza available, but this work provides a fresh insight in the exile's thought.
Rebecca Goldstein was raised as a Jewess and wrote this book for Jewish people, and makes no mystery about it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Renato Baserga
It didn't take me long to devour this book with enormous interest. And then after I'd finished with it, my mom saw it lying around my house and started reading it in private,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. Gonzalez
It has been ten years since first reading this beautiful, elegant and compassionate view of Spinoza and his philosophy. This book was clearly a labor of love. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kenneth Freed
Spinoza is my favorite philosopher, and this book is worth reading.Published 4 months ago by Kryptoc
Gave it to a friend and he loved it. Just what I had hoped. Love her approach to what makes or who is a Jew.Published 5 months ago by Ellen C. Dubois
OK, I confess, I love the way Rebecca brings philosophy into the contemporary world with her novels. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gene C. Bammel
I would love to like this book more, but I don't. Goldstein tries too hard, and is utterly unconvincing. All of Spinoza's friends were Protestant reformers. Read morePublished 9 months ago by shantinik
Why and how was the book "betraying" Spinoza? I think the author was trying to say that he was really a "good" Jew despite being an outcast,
and that Jews... Read more
I have enjoyed many of Rebecca Newberger Goldstein's novels and essays. This book is exceptionally good, providing a personal and communal entry into Spinoza's world (that is the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rav Baruch