The Spinoza miracle
The Pocket Book, August 2019
Banished from the Jewish community at the age of 23 for heresy, Baruch Spinoza decides to devote his life to philosophy.
His goal ? To discover a true good which would “provide him for eternity with the enjoyment of supreme and incessant joy”. During the twenty years which remain to him to live, Spinoza builds a revolutionary work. How could this man, in the middle of the 17th century, be the precursor of the Enlightenment and of our modern democracies? The pioneer of a historical and critical reading of the Bible? The founder of depth psychology? The initiator of philology, sociology and ethology? And above all, the inventor of a philosophy based on desire and joy, which upsets our conception of God, morality and happiness? In many respects, Spinoza is not only far ahead of his time, but also of ours. This is what I call Spinoza's “miracle”.
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