The Spinoza Problem

The Spinoza Problem

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Alfred Rosenberg, a Nazi ideologue, is convinced of German cultural greatness but he becomes haunted by the intellectual legacy of his hero, Goethe, when he discovers the poet's regard for the Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2012
ISBN: 9780465029655
0465029655
9780465029631
0465029639
Branch Call Number: FICTION YALOM IRVIN
Characteristics: xii, 321 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Spinoza problem

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stewstealth
Jul 04, 2015

Fictionalized account of both Baruch Spinoza, 17th century philosopher and of Alfred Rosenberg, 20th century promulgator of Nazism leading up to and during WWiI. Ostensibly the novel is about the conundrum for the Nazi's that many of their beloved German intellectuals also beloved a Jew in Spinoza. Mostly the author ( a trained psychiatrist ) attempts to delve into the protagonists thought processes. Fairly well written with good characterizations however the pace and style were a bit underwhelming. Interesting enough and worth it if you are interested.

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Memawrayne
Jul 20, 2014

Avery interesting novel. I knew little about Spinoza, except his name. It is interesting to learn that he questioned religious authority and thought, not unlike Martin Luther. His thinking is very progressive about God and religion and religious practices. It was interesting to get a better picture of those who were Nazis and their line of thought. It wasn't just Hitler who embraced this concept about Jewish people and racial bigotry.

thinkpoz Jun 02, 2014

Fascinating insight into the mind of an original and courageous thinker contrasted with the developing pathology of another individual's sociopathy. It exposes the source of racial and religious bigotry as being grounded in factual ignorance and nurtured by feelings of inferiority and petty jealousies. A wonderful window upon the past and a portentous warning to the future.

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