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BOOK FORGED IN HELL, A - SPINOZA'S SCANDALOUS

TREATISE AND THE BIRTH OF THE SECULAR AGE


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When it appeared in 1670, Baruch Spinoza's 'Theological-Political Treatise' was denounced as a dangerous book - 'godless', 'full of abominations', 'a book forged in hell by the devil himself'. Religious and secular authorities saw it as a threat to faith, social and political harmony, and everyday morality, and its author was almost regarded as a religious subversive and political radical who sought to spread atheism throughout Europe. Yet Spinoza's book has contributed to modern liberal, secular, and democratic thinking. In 'A Book Forged in Hell', Steven Nadler tells the story of this book - its radical claims and their background in the philosophical, religious, and political tensions of the Dutch Golden Age, as well as the vitriolic reaction these ideas inspired. It is not hard to see why Spinoza's 'Treatise' was so important or so controversial, or why the uproar it caused is one of the most significant events in European intellectual history. In the book, Spinoza became the first to argue that the Bible is not literally the word of God but rather a work of human literature; that true religion has nothing to do with theology, liturgical ceremonies, or sectarian dogma; and that religious authorities should have no role in governing a modern state. He also denied the reality of miracles and divine providence, reinterpreted the nature of prophecy, and made an eloquent plea for toleration and democracy.

Detalhes do Produto

    • Edição:  1
    • Ano de Edição: 2011
    • Ano:  2011
    • País de Produção: United States
    • Código de Barras:  9780691139890
    • ISBN:  069113989X
    • Encadernação:  CAPA DURA
    • Altura: 23.50 cm
    • Largura: 16.30 cm
    • Nº de Páginas:  304

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