A Book Forged in Hell

A Book Forged in Hell

Editorial: Princeton

Páginas: 280

Año: 2011

EAN: 9780691139890

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When it appeared in 1670, Baruch Spinoza´s Theological-Political Treatise was denounced as the most dangerous book ever published--"godless," "full of abominations," "a book forged in hell . . . by the devil himself." Religious and secular authorities saw it as a threat to faith, social and political harmony, and everyday morality, and its author was almost universally regarded as a religious subversive and political radical who sought to spread atheism throughout Europe. Yet Spinoza´s book has contributed as much as the Declaration of Independence or Thomas Paine´s Common Sense to modern liberal, secular, and democratic thinking. In A Book Forged in Hell, Steven Nadler tells the fascinating story of this extraordinary book: its radical claims and their background in the philosophical, religious, and political tensions of the Dutch Golden Age, as well as the vitriolic reaction these ideas inspired.