Religion, Democracy, and Reason
By (author) Nancy K. Levene
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Spinoza's Revelation by Nancy K. Levene
Book DescriptionNancy Levene reinterprets a major early modern philosopher, Benedict de Spinoza - a Jew who was rejected by the Jewish community of his day but whose thought contains, and critiques, both Jewish and Christian ideas. It foregrounds the connection of religion, democracy, and reason, showing that Spinoza's theories of the Bible, the theologico-political, and the philosophical all involve the concepts of equality and sovereignty. Professor Levene argues that Spinoza's concept of revelation is the key to this connection, and above all to Spinoza's view of human power. This is to shift the emphasis in Spinoza's thought from the language of amor Dei (love of God) to the language of libertas humana (human freedom) without losing either the dialectic of his most striking claim - that man is God to man - or the Jewish and Christian elements in his thought. Original and thoughtfully argued, this book offers fresh insights into Spinoza's thought.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521830706
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 12-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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A reinterpretation of the early modern philosopher Benedict de Spinoza.
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Author Biography - Nancy K. Levene
Nancy Levene is Assistant Professor of Religion at Williams College, Williamstown, MA. She is co-editor, with Peter Ochs, of Textual Reasonings: Jewish Philosophy and Text Study at the End of the Twentieth Century (2002).
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