Immortality and the Jewish Mind
'Nadlers project is intriguing because it takes us right into the heart of the most difficult and interesting parts of Spinozas philosophy, as well as into the thick of the historical milieu in which the expulsion took place and which helped shape Spinozas intellectual development.... Nadler does an excellent job of summarizing and synthesizing a vast body of literature into an accessible and plausible narrative.... In short, Nadlers book is an admirable piece of work. It relates Spinozas thought to a wide variety of contexts, each of which enrich our understanding of Spinoza. It is clearly written and highly readable, continuing the story begun in Nadlers earlier Spinoza: A Life. It will be mandatory reading for students of Spinoza, as well as for students of Jewish thought and history more generally.' -Martin Lin, Notre Dame Philosophical ReviewsSteven Nadler explores an intriguing episode in early modern intellectual history: the expulsion of the great philosopher Spinoza from his Portuguese-Jewish community in Amsterdam. Why was Spinoza excommunicated? Nadler's investigation of this simple question gives fascinating new perspectives on Spinoza's thought and the Jewish religious and philosophical tradition from which it arose.