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Spinoza and Other Heretics, Volume 1 : The Marrano of Reason - Yirmiyahu Yovel

Spinoza and Other Heretics, Volume 1

The Marrano of Reason

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Published: 28th January 1992
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This ambitious study presents Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) as the most outstanding and influential thinker of modernity--and examines the question of whether he was the "first secular Jew." A number-one bestseller in Israel, "Spinoza and Other Heretics" is made up of two volumes--The Marrano of Reason and The Adventures of Immanence. Yirmiyahu Yovel shows how Spinoza grounded a philosophical revolution in a radically new principle--the philosophy of immanence, or the idea that this world is all there is--and how he thereby anticipated secularization, the Enlightenment, the disintegration of ghetto life, and the rise of natural science and the liberal-democratic state.

The Marrano of Reason

The Marrano of Reason finds the origins of the idea of immanence in the culture of Spinoza's Marrano ancestors, Jews in Spain and Portugal who had been forcibly converted to Christianity. Yovel uses their fascinating story to show how the crypto-Jewish life they maintained in the face of the Inquisition mixed Judaism and Christianity in ways that undermined both religions and led to rational skepticism and secularism. He identifies Marrano patterns that recur in Spinoza in a secularized context: a "this-worldly" disposition, a split religious identity, an opposition between inner and outer life, a quest for salvation outside official doctrines, and a gift for dual language and equivocation. This same background explains the drama of the young Spinoza's excommunication from the Jewish community in his native Amsterdam. Convention portrays the Amsterdam Jews as narrow-minded and fanatical, but in Yovel's vivid account they emerge as highly civilized former Marranos with cosmopolitan leanings, struggling to renew their Jewish identity and to build a "new Jerusalem" in the Netherlands.

Prefacep. ix
Note on Sourcesp. xiii
Prologue: Heretic and Bannedp. 3
Spinoza, the Marrano of Reasonp. 15
The Split Mind: New Jews in Amsterdamp. 40
Marranos in Mask and a World without Transcendence: Rojas and La Celestinap. 85
Spinoza, the Multitude, and Dual Languagep. 128
Knowledge as Alternative Salvationp. 153
Epilogue: Spinoza and His People: The First Secular Jew?p. 172
Afterwordp. 205
Notesp. 209
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780691020785
ISBN-10: 0691020787
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 28th January 1992
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4