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The Resource Spinoza, Liberalism, and the Question of Jewish Identity, (electronic resource)

Spinoza, Liberalism, and the Question of Jewish Identity, (electronic resource)

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Spinoza, Liberalism, and the Question of Jewish Identity
Title
Spinoza, Liberalism, and the Question of Jewish Identity
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eng
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Smith, Steven B
Dewey number
199/.492
Intended audience
Scholarly & Professional
Intended audience source
Yale University Press
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Baruch de Spinoza (1632-1677)--often recognized as the first modern Jewish thinker--was also a founder of modern liberal political philosophy. This book is the first to connect systematically these two aspects of Spinoza's legacy. Steven B. Smith shows that Spinoza was a politically engaged theorist who both advocated and embodied a new conception of the emancipated individual, a thinker who decisively influenced such diverse movements as the Enlightenment, liberalism, and political Zionism. Focusing on Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise , Smith argues that Spinoza was the first thinker of note to make the civil status of Jews and Judaism (what later became known as the Jewish Question) an essential ingredient of modern political thought. Before Marx or Freud, Smith notes, Spinoza recast Judaism to include the liberal values of autonomy and emancipation from tradition. Smith examines the circumstances of Spinoza's excommunication from the Jewish community of Amsterdam, his skeptical assault on the authority of Scripture, his transformation of Mosaic prophecy into a progressive philosophy of history, his use of the language of natural right and the social contract to defend democratic political institutions, and his comprehensive comparison of the ancient Hebrew commonwealth and the modern commercial republic. According to Smith, Spinoza's Treatise represents a classic defense of religious toleration and intellectual freedom, showing them to be necessary foundations for political stability and liberal regimes. In this study Smith examines Spinoza's solution to the Jewish Question and asks whether a Judaism, so conceived, can long survive
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Spinoza, Liberalism, and the Question of Jewish Identity, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000249805
Dimensions
09.250 x 06.130 in.
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unknown
Extent
288 p.
Governing access note
Available for distribution in: USA, UNITED KINGDOM, SOUTH AFRICA, AUSTRALIA
Isbn
9780300076653
Lccn
96034870
Other control number
9780300076653
Specific material designation
remote
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(WaSeSS)ssj0000249805
Label
Spinoza, Liberalism, and the Question of Jewish Identity, (electronic resource)
Publication
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000249805
Dimensions
09.250 x 06.130 in.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
288 p.
Governing access note
Available for distribution in: USA, UNITED KINGDOM, SOUTH AFRICA, AUSTRALIA
Isbn
9780300076653
Lccn
96034870
Other control number
9780300076653
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000249805

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