The Spinoza Problem: A Novel

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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, whose einsatzgruppe was dispatched during the Second World War to investigate a mysterious “Spinoza Problem.” Seamlessly ...
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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, whose einsatzgruppe was dispatched during the Second World War to investigate a mysterious “Spinoza Problem.” Seamlessly alternating between Golden Age Amsterdam and Nazi Germany, Yalom investigates the inner lives of these two enigmatic men in a tale of influence and anxiety, the origins of good and evil, and the philosophy of freedom and the tyranny of terror.
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Ron Charles
…as an accessible introduction to Spinoza's complex philosophy, Yalom's method has much to recommend it. Like a good teacher, he presents only a few ideas at a time and moves carefully from one to the next with frequent recapitulation…The conversations he creates give a lovely sense of the philosopher's character and provide a lucid explanation of the man's major ideas about nature, free will and reason. It's enlightening to see the lines of modern secularism and scientific rationalism laid down almost 400 years ago.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465061853
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 627,788
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco and Palo Alto. He is the author of many books, including Love’s Executioner, Theory and Practice in Group Psychotherapy, and When Nietzsche Wept. He lives with his wife in Palo Alto, California.

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  • Posted May 15, 2012

    I found this novel very interesting. The author uses the right

    I found this novel very interesting. The author uses the right blend of historical facts, Spinoza's writing, and fictional characterizations to bring Spinoza's rational philosophy to life. It's a fun read that may get you interested in reading some of Spinoza's writing.

    However, if you hold strong religious views and can't see the world from a different perspective, this may not be the book for you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Informative about jewish tradition. Thats it.

    Apart from learning about jewish traditions and dogma, I didn't get much out of this book. I prefer "When Nietzsche wept".

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