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"Steven Nadler's knowledge of the many influences acting on Spinoza is profound. He is as sensitive to Spinoza's reactions to Descartes and Maimonides as to the philosopher's fears of the conservative religious forces that were threatening the Dutch Republic of his day. The wide context that Nadler provides makes for a reading of Spinoza's treatise which is unfailingly rich, nuanced, and illuminating."--Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity
"If there is a single theme that runs throughout Spinoza's writings, Steven Nadler says, 'it is the liberation from bondage, whether psychological, political, or religious.' Spinoza's importance as a philosopher--maybe as the philosopher of modernity--hinges on that. This Amsterdam Jew was one of the grandest and boldest mold-breakers of all time. Nadler gives us a clean, crisp, indispensible account of what made Spinoza's Treatise so revolutionary."--Russell Shorto, author of Descartes' Bones
"A Book Forged in Hell is more than just an excellent and highly readable introduction to one of the most important texts of philosophy and political thought. Steven Nadler provides an eloquent portrait of Spinoza's treatise, placing it firmly in its historical, religious, political, and philosophical setting."--Jonathan Israel, author of A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy
"This is an excellent book. Steven Nadler's wonderfully elegant and fluid writing style makes difficult ideas accessible and exciting without watering them down. A prime virtue of the book is that it provides just enough biographical and historical background to make the philosophy come alive and to reveal what a dramatic work Spinoza's treatise is."--Michael Della Rocca, Yale University
The revolutionary writer and book that instigated the renaissance and enlightenment. Centuries ahead of his time. Every educated person should know Spinoza. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Dave Shumway
Great overview of the context and arguments of the Tractatus. Could easily be read alongside the TTP as a guide.Published 1 month ago by Eric
Towering original thinker and philosopher portrayed in his world. A man to admire for his passionate commitment to logic and truth in the face of crushing bigotry and mindless... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike D.
Baruch Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise (1670)
Historically significant (and a great history of it here). Philosophy, Theology and Politics. Read more
Spinoza was the father of modern humanism and still offers a rational understanding of the shortcomings of religious teachingPublished 2 months ago by Roger Johnson
A very good account of Spinoza's life and the opposition he faced.Published 3 months ago by Ted Hale
Outstanding. I highly recommend reading this book BEFORE diving into Theologico-Political Treatise. It will be tremendously helpful to you.Published 3 months ago by John Graber
I have come to Spinoza late in my life...he is the father of modern secular democracy and the universal Natural Rights of All Mankind. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jim