The Ethics of an Outlaw

2017.07.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ivan Segré, Spinoza: The Ethics of an Outlaw, David Broder (tr.), Bloomsbury, 2017, 186pp., $114.00(hbk), ISBN
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2017.07.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ivan Segré, Spinoza: The Ethics of an Outlaw, David Broder (tr.), Bloomsbury, 2017, 186pp., $114.00(hbk), ISBN 9781472596437. Reviewed by Guadalupe González Diéguez, Indiana University Bloomington Ivan Segré offers an excellent and original engagement with Spinoza's thought that is particularly timely in several respects. The book's English title loses the reference to Spinoza's coat, in contrast to the book's original title, Le manteau de Spinoza. This loss is regrettable in an otherwise excellent translation into English by David Broder. The book opens by tracing the hatred that Spinoza has long evoked, focusing particularly on a set of modern and contemporary Jewish thinkers dubbed by Segré "the bourgeois theorists of the name 'Jew.'" According to some of Spinoza's early biographers, such as Colerus and Bayle, an attempt was made on the life of young Spinoza before his excommunication (herem). He managed. . .

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