The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World

The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World

by Matthew Stewart
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The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World by Matthew Stewart

“A colorful reinterpretation. . . . Stewart’s wit and profluent prose make this book a fascinating read.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Philosophy in the late seventeenth century was a dangerous business. No careerist could afford to know the reclusive, controversial philosopher Baruch de Spinoza. Yet the wildly ambitious genius Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who denounced Spinoza in public, became privately obsessed with Spinoza's ideas, wrote him clandestine letters, and ultimately met him in secret.
"In refreshingly lucid terms" (Booklist) Matthew Stewart "rescues both men from a dusty academic shelf, bringing them to life as enlightened humans" (Library Journal) central to the religious, political, and personal battles that gave birth to the modern age. Both men put their faith in the guidance of reason, but one spent his life defending a God he may not have believed in, while the other believed in a God who did not need his defense. Ultimately, the two thinkers represent radically different approaches to the challenges of the modern era. They stand for a choice that we all must make.

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ISBN-13: 9780393329179
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/15/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 566,847
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Matthew Stewart is the author of Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic, The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World and The Management Myth: Debunking the Modern Philosophy of Business. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
foto46 More than 1 year ago
Great account of the friendship and distancing between Leibnitz and Spinoza. Matthew Stewart makes the philosophical differences and similarities of the courtier and the heretic easy to digest and pleasant to study.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Drags a bit toward the end, but does a nice job of comparing and contrasting Leibniz and Spinoza in lanfuage modern readers can grasp. And reminds me why I've always preferred Spinoza by far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago