Courtier And The Heretic: Leibniz Spinoza And The Fate Of God In The Modern World

Kobo eBook available

read instantly on your Kobo or tablet.

buy the ebook now

Courtier And The Heretic: Leibniz Spinoza And The Fate Of God In The Modern World

by Matthew Stewart

WW Norton | December 26, 2006 | Trade Paperback

Not yet rated | write a 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" () 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.15 in

Published: December 26, 2006

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393329178

ISBN - 13: 9780393329179

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

save 27%

  • In stock online

$15.35  ea

Online Price

$20.00 List Price

eGift this item

Give this item in the form of an eGift Card.

+ what is this?

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Item can only be shipped in Canada

Downloads instantly to your kobo or other ereading device. See details

All available formats:

Reviews

– More About This Product –

Courtier And The Heretic: Leibniz Spinoza And The Fate Of God In The Modern World

Courtier And The Heretic: Leibniz Spinoza And The Fate Of God In The Modern World

by Matthew Stewart

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.15 in

Published: December 26, 2006

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393329178

ISBN - 13: 9780393329179

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.

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.