By Steven Nadler
Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) was once the most vital philosophers of all time; he was once additionally arguably the main radical and arguable. This was once the 1st whole biography of Spinoza in any language and relies on targeted archival learn. greater than easily recounting the tale of Spinoza's lifestyles, the booklet takes the reader correct into the guts of Jewish Amsterdam within the 17th century and, with Spinoza's exile from Judaism, correct into the midst of the tumultuous political, social, highbrow and non secular international of the younger Dutch Republic. even though the ebook should be a useful source for philosophers, historians, and students of Jewish concept, it's been written for any member of the final analyzing public with a significant curiosity in philosophy, Jewish heritage, seventeenth-century eu historical past, and the tradition of the Dutch Golden Age. Spinoza: A existence has lately been provided the Koret Jewish booklet Award.
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The community built its magnificient new synagogue at the western end of the Breedestraat in 1679; it still stands there today. In 1650, 37 of the 183 houses on the Vlooienburg island (or about 20 percent) were wholly or partly owned by Portuguese Jews. The Portuguese also comprised about 24 percent of the property owners of the Jewish quarter as a whole, although they constituted a much greater percentage of the residents of the district, since many Dutch-owned houses there were rented to Jews.
Spinoza: A Life by Steven Nadler