The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World by Matthew Stewart buy used Used & Rare price $7.20 new from$15.20 shop with confidence SPECIAL SHIPPING CONSIDERATIONS FOR USED & RARE ITEMS. Please see the special considerations for shipping Used & Rare items, including extended delivery times, possible import duties & taxes. Delivered in 3-5 weeks Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Condition: The following ISBNs are associated with this title: ISBN - 10:0393329178 ISBN - 13:9780393329179 Seller Comments: This item is used and in good condition. It may have minor highlghting and wear. From the Publisher 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" () Matthew Stewart "rescues both men from a dusty academic shelf, bringing them to life as enlightened humans" () 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.