“Imaginative and erudite” sums up The Spinoza Problem.
A therapist and a professor of psychiatry at Stanford’s School of Medicine, Irvin D. Yalom is the author of several professional works and a novelist who has introduced three different philosophers into his fiction—first Nietzsche, then Schopenhauer and now Spinoza.
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Baruch de Spinoza (1632-1677) was a rationalist philosopher whose genius wasn’t recognized until after his death. Spinoza was Dutch and Jewish, a man whose concept of “God as Nature,” his rationalist deconstruction of the Torah, led to cherem, excommunication. Alfred Rosenberg ...
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