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Spinoza: A Life 2nd Edition
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.92 pounds
- Hardcover : 420 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1108425542
- ISBN-13 : 978-1108425544
- Dimensions : 6.22 x 1.02 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Cambridge University Press; 2nd edition (September 27, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #160,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nadler's writing style is persistently engaging and informative without unnecessary commentary. Again, many scholars dismiss the role of biography as a way of gaining access to a thinker's work, but Nadler's presentation of what is known about Spinoza's character and experiences with censure and friendship, makes his writings all the more trenchant.
Sadly, Descartes seems to get most of the attention among 17th C. philosophers and Spinoza remains unexamined by many - perhaps due to his theological language. In many ways, it seems S. might prove the more original thinker once one carefully listens to the meaning behind what seems, on the surface, to be just so much theology.
Students of this period in history in Europe ought to add this to one's required list of reading.