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The Spinoza Problem - Irvin D. Yalom
The Spinoza Problem
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When sixteen-year-old Alfred Rosenberg is called into his headmaster’s office for anti-Semitic remarks he made during a school speech, he is forced, as punishment, to memorize passages about Spinoza from the autobiography of the German poet Goethe. Rosenberg is stunned to discover that Goethe,... show more
When sixteen-year-old Alfred Rosenberg is called into his headmaster’s office for anti-Semitic remarks he made during a school speech, he is forced, as punishment, to memorize passages about Spinoza from the autobiography of the German poet Goethe. Rosenberg is stunned to discover that Goethe, his idol, was a great admirer of the Jewish seventeenth-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza. Long after graduation, Rosenberg remains haunted by this “Spinoza problem”: how could the German genius Goethe have been inspired by a member of a race Rosenberg considers so inferior to his own, a race he was determined to destroy?Spinoza himself was no stranger to punishment during his lifetime. Because of his unorthodox religious views, he was excommunicated from the Amsterdam Jewish community in 1656, at the age of twenty-four, and banished from the only world he had ever known. Though his life was short and he lived without means in great isolation, he nonetheless produced works that changed the course of history. Over the years, Rosenberg rose through the ranks to become an outspoken Nazi ideologue, a faithful servant of Hitler, and the main author of racial policy for the Third Reich. Still, his Spinoza obsession lingered. By imagining the unexpected intersection of Spinoza’s life with Rosenberg’s, internationally bestselling novelist Irvin D. Yalom explores the mindsets of two men separated by 300 years. Using his skills as a psychiatrist, he explores the inner lives of Spinoza, the saintly secular philosopher, and of Rosenberg, the godless mass murderer.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780465029631 (0465029639)
ASIN: 465029639
Publisher: Basic Books
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Can't Stop the Signal
Can't Stop the Signal rated it
4.0 Spinozaproblemet
If you're moderately interested in psychotherapy and philosophy this will interest you. It's slow paced and the plot is almost an afterthought, but it still makes for a good read and a very nice introduction to Spinoza.
I'm Reading...
I'm Reading... rated it
0.0 Het raadsel Spinoza
Andere meningen/ideeën: Moet je lezen: http://www.moetjelezen.com/2012/07/het-raadsel-spinoza-irvin-d-yalom.html Interview met de auteur (in English): Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/features/books/jacketcopy/la-jc-spinozas-not-a-problem-for-irvin-yalom-20120907,0,707603.story?track=rss&...
DES
DES rated it
Wow. Spinoza applied uncompromising rationalism to life, ethics and beliefs. Educational and riveting. I am not smart enough to read Spinoza but this book has easy prose and is a nourishing subject for any atheist/rational thinking person. Astonishing insights into and for a 17th century autodidact.
Ana V.
Ana V. rated it
5.0 The Spinoza Problem: A Novel
This is not my first book by Yalom and it will definitely not be the last. I love his style – it's fluid, it molds on every type of subject and it somehow incorporates scientific or historical information in such a way that you don't even realize anymore which is fact and which is fiction. I learned...
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4.0 Het raadsel Spinoza
Heerlijke manier om het gedachtengoed van van een oude filosoof tot je te nemen. Blijft ook veel beter hangen op deze manier.Religie geheel ontmantelen in een tijd en omgeving waarin dit zijn gehele omgeving bepaalde (amsterdam, joodse samenleving).
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