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.
OK, I confess, I love the way Rebecca brings philosophy into the contemporary world with her novels. Read morePublished 3 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 3 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 4 months ago by Rav Baruch
As Ms Goldstein explains early in the book, she has a special love for Spinoza. The writing is exquisite - a real pleasure to read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ralphe Wiggins
Makes it more understandable to a lay person Reading Spinoza is more difficult than reading about Spinoza. I highly recommend itPublished 5 months ago by Barbara L. Gill
Clear and well written the issues that Spinoza wrote about could have been dealt with more substantively. I enjoyed the book.Published 6 months ago by marc platt
“Betraying Spinoza” synthesizes several genres - philosophical introduction, biography, history, and memoir - into something unique and beautiful. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Barnard D. Sherman
After reading Irving Yaloms book on the subject Rebeca Goldsteins is excellent because it is full of information on the when,where and how. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jeannette Charney