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Spinoza's Heresy: Immortality and the Jewish Mind

Steven Nadler


This is a study of the reasons behind Spinoza's excommunication from the Portuguese–Jewish community of Amsterdam in 1656. The central question in the book is how and why did the issue of the immortality of the soul play a role in the decision to excommunicate Spinoza. The work begins with a discussion of the nature of cherem or banning within Judaism, and in the Amsterdam community, in particular, as well as of a number of possible explanations for Spinoza's ban. It then turns to the variety of traditions in Jewish religious and philosophical thought on the post‐mortem fate of the soul and th ... More

Keywords: after life, Amsterdam, early modern philosophy, excommunication, Gersonides, history of philosophy, immortality, Jewish philosophy, Judaism, Maimonides, philosophy, rationalism, soul, Spinoza, Steven Nadler

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199247073
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199247072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Nadler, author
University of Wisconsin, Madison
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