Spinoza as guide for a free world

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Spinoza als gids voor een vrije wereld – ebook

Libertas philosophandi


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About this Book: This volume offers thirteen articles by Spinoza scholars. After an introductory article on the limits imposed on Amsterdam as a haven for dissidents (Piet Visser), the biographical part opens with Spinoza’s relationship towards his Jewish background and the curriculum offered at Ets Haim, where Spinoza spent his much of formative years (Steven Nadler and Abraham Rosenberg). Spinoza’s Amsterdam circle of friends is the subject of the next article (Frank Mertens), while the biographical part closes with a survey of the (philosophical) works in Spinoza’s library based on the preserved inventory of his estate (Henri Krop).

The next part, focussing on philosophy and politics, opens with an article by Wiep van Bunge on the five philosophical traditions which have helped to shape Spinoza’s thought, and continues with Piet Steenbakkers on Spinoza as the ‘philosopher of freedom’. Herman De Dijn follows with a contribution on the God of Spinoza. The current relevance of Spinoza’s thoughts on religion, democracy and tolerance in the light of hisTractatus theologico-politicus is discussed in two separate articles by Paul Juffermans and Miriam van Reijen.

The third part, on aspects of the reception history, discusses the affinity between the thought of the Italian Renaissance philosopher Giordano Bruno (Leen Spruit), investigates Spinoza’s so-called atheism and its relationship to the thought of Jacob Böhme, kabbalah and magic on the basis of a newly discovered anecdote about an eearly episode in Spinoza’s life (Carlos Gilly) and concludes with Adri K. Offenberg on the artistic representation of another apocryphal episode in the life of Spinoza: the trial against the Amsterdam philosopher.


Job Cohen, Woord vooraf
Esther Oosterwijk, Voorwoord
Piet Visser, Stad van verdraagzaamheid? Amsterdam als vrijhaven voor andersdenkenden
Steven Nadler, Spinoza en het jodendom
Abraham Rosenberg, Op welke school leerde Spinoza?
Frank Mertens, Spinoza’s Amsterdamse vriendenkring
Henri Krop, Oud en nieuw in de bibliotheek van Spinoza
Wiep van Bunge, Spinoza’s filosofische achtergronden
Piet Steenbakkers, Spinoza over vrijheid, dwang en noodzaak
Herman De Dijn, De God van Spinoza
Paul Juffermans, De actualiteit van Spinoza’s Theologisch-politiek tractaat
Miriam van Reijen, Spinoza’s opvattingen over democratie en tolerantie
Leen Spruit, Giordano Bruno en Spinoza: substantie en gelukzaligheid
Carlos Gilly, Böhme en Spinoza van atheïsme beschuldigd
Adri K. Offenberg, Fictie rond Spinoza
Cis van Heertum, Catalogus van tentoongestelde werken
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