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Published by Tauchnitz in Leipzig .
Written in English


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Edition Notes

Statementtr. by E. Nicholson
SeriesCollection of German Authors, Vol. 42
The Physical Object
Pagination2 vol. in 1.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24628245M
OCLC/WorldCa19674154

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Yalom’s novel reminds us of the common struggles faced by all people, regardless of their historical era. The sturm und drang faced by Rosenberg and Spinoza serve as examples of the fate of all humankind, and the interconnectedness of identity through time. The novel stands as testament to the universal struggle to find one’s place in the. Indeed, many of these phrases are drawn from Spinoza’s “Theological-Political Treatise,” which accounts for the novel’s stilted tone. I think something more, though, is at play here.   Novels about the life and philosophy of Spinoza ( -- ) are as difficult as they are rare. In , the German novelist Berthold Auerbach ( -- ) wrote an unfortunately little-remembered novel, revised in , about Spinoza which focused upon what the author portrayed as the philosopher's ambiguous relationship to Judaism/5().   In The Spinoza Problem, Irvin Yalom spins fact and fiction into an unforgettable psycho-philosophical novel. A psychiatrist with a deep interest in philosophical issues, Yalom jointly tells the story of the seventeenth-century thinker Baruch Spinoza, his philosophy and subsequent excommunication from the Jewish community, and his apparent influence on the Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg /5(K).

This book presents an analysis and view of every aspect of Spinoza’s philosophy as part of a meticulous systematic whole, and challenges the received views about it. It deals with Spinoza’s concepts of substance, truth conditions, attributes, and the first, second and supreme grade of knowledge. The salvation, happiness, and blessedness that Spinoza's Ethics offers us, are active and depend only upon us. Concluding a careful examination and interpretation, the book suggests additional novel viewpoints in interpreting Spinoza's philosophical psychology and political philosophy. There is an incredibly heart-breaking scene where the main character, Hal Incandenza, first appears. He’s a tennis player. That’s yet another game given much attention in the book. There’s also, in the novel, a game called ‘eschaton’—from eschatology—that uses game theory and . Ethics, Demonstrated in Geometrical Order (Latin: Ethica, ordine geometrico demonstrata), usually known as the Ethics, is a philosophical treatise written in Latin by Benedictus de was written between and and was first published posthumously in The book is perhaps the most ambitious attempt to apply the method of Euclid in philosophy.

This book presents a systemic analysis of Spinoza’s philosophy and challenges the traditional views. It deals with Spinoza’s concepts of substance, truth conditions, attributes, and the first, second. The book is mostly melancholic and difficult to understand for someone who has not studied the philosophy of Portions of the text are interspersed between the three POVs: narrator-observer who reported the events as a spectator; narrator-interlocutor, who turns directly to Spinoza; and the narrator-Spinoza, who replies to the reader.4/5. “Spinoza wrote the last indisputable Latin masterpiece, and one in which the refined conceptions of medieval philosophy are finally turned against themselves and destroyed entirely. He chose a single word from that language for his device: caute – ‘be cautious’ – inscribed beneath a rose, the symbol of secrecy. The Spinoza Problem consists of two compelling narratives. The two tales amount to a mystery novel, although it is a mystery of a very cerebral kind."—Jewish Journal "Yalom delivers a powerful philosophical and psychological novel."—City Book Review.