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

Matthew Stewart


“A colourful reinterpretation. . . . Stewart’s wit and profluent prose make this publication a desirable read.”―Publishers Weekly, starred review

Philosophy within the overdue 17th century used to be a deadly company. No careerist may possibly have the funds for to grasp the reclusive, debatable thinker Baruch de Spinoza. but the wildly formidable genius Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who denounced Spinoza in public, turned privately captivated with Spinoza's rules, wrote him clandestine letters, and eventually met him in secret.

"In refreshingly lucid phrases" (Booklist) Matthew Stewart "rescues either males from a dusty educational shelf, bringing them to lifestyles as enlightened people" (Library Journal) relevant to the non secular, political, and private battles that gave delivery to the fashionable age. either males positioned their religion within the advice of cause, yet one spent his existence protecting a God he would possibly not have believed in, whereas the opposite believed in a God who didn't desire his safety. finally, the 2 thinkers symbolize notably diversified ways to the demanding situations of the fashionable period. They stand for a decision that all of us needs to make.

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