Libertas philosophandi. Spinoza als gids voor een vrije wereld.

Libertas philosophandi. Spinoza als gids voor een vrije wereld.
Ed. by Cis van Heertum (Asclepiusreeks 1). Amsterdam 2009 (1st ed. 2008)
Paperback, 21 x 13,5 cm., 336 pp. illus., index
ISBN 978 90 71608 26 1
Dutch | € 20,00
The present volume offers thirteen articles by Spinoza scholars. After an introductory article on the limits imposed on Amsterdam as a haven for dissidents (Piet Visser), the biographical part opens with Spinoza’s relationship towards his Jewish background and the curriculum offered at Ets Haim, where Spinoza spent his much of formative years (Steven Nadler and Abraham Rosenberg). Spinoza’s Amsterdam circle of friends is the subject of the next article (Frank Mertens), while the biographical part closes with a survey of the (philosophical) works in Spinoza’s library based on the preserved inventory of his estate (Henri Krop). The next part, focussing on philosophy and politics, opens with an article by Wiep van Bunge on the five philosophical traditions which have helped to shape Spinoza’s thought, and continues with Piet Steenbakkers on Spinoza as the ‘philosopher of freedom’. Herman De Dijn follows with a contribution on the God of Spinoza. The current relevance of Spinoza’s thoughts on religion, democracy and tolerance in the light of his Tractatus theologico-politicus is discussed in two separate articles by Paul Juffermans and Miriam van Reijen.
The third part, on aspects of the reception history, discusses the affinity between the thought of the Italian Renaissance philosopher Giordano Bruno (Leen Spruit), investigates Spinoza’s so-called atheism and its relationship to the thought of Jacob Böhme, kabbalah and magic on the basis of a newly discovered anecdote about an eearly episode in Spinoza’s life (Carlos Gilly) and concludes with Adri K. Offenberg on the artistic representation of another apocryphal episode in the life of Spinoza: the trial against the Amsterdam philosopher.