Bestselling novelist and psychiatrist Irvin Yalom explores the mindsets of Jewish philosopher Spinoza and Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg. Spinoza’s portrait is fictional. The stone in a former graveyard, does not mark the exact place of his grave. All this gives Irvin Yalom plenty room. Irvin Yalom’s novel ‘The Spinoza Problem’ is reviewed by J. Scott Lewis.

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Yalom misses this point, although it is implicit in his formulation of the novelistic situation. See 2 questions about The Spinoza Problem…. Yalom obviously has a point.

I finally understood that these thinkers and writers learned from their predecessors, then enlarged upon or revised or argued against them, continuing to make the subject relevant for their times. The Spinoza Problem yslom a philosophical novel and I chose to read it as an introduction to Yalom because I admire Spinoza. Rosenberg is cast as a subtly immature figure, seeking his place in the party he helped to form.

Jan 20, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. I learned of this author through one of my friends on Spiboza. Thank you for your feedback. Return to Book Page. Nearly years in the past, the brilliant Baruch Spinoza undergoes his own identity crisis. Prkblem pursuit of the supposed link between these two figures certainly adds dynamism to the reading.

Set up a giveaway. Only by the middle of the book we get to connect the dots: Justice and charity, even supposing we can agree on a single definition of what they might be, are incommensurable on the face of it. As the novel portrays problemm, these two distant and opposite figures share a common struggle to find their identity and personal truth in radical worlds.

Spinoza, one philosopher admired by Ben-Gurion.

The Spinoza Problem: A Novel (Book Review)

Want zpinoza Read saving…. Spinoza was a Jew of Portugese descent, a member of the “corrupt, inferior, poisonous” race – how could he possibly have influenced Goethe? Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.


Thus how much you enjoyed a certain book can be a good measure of who you’ve become and who you will be. Spinoza’s life, a Jewish philosopher born in the Netherlands, wasn’t easy to reconstruct. Yolem has invented a couple of characters who serve as his mouthpieces. In love with a gentile who does not reciprocate, Spinoza isolates himself priblem a world he knows he cannot fit into. Your greatest instrument is you, yourself, and the work of self-understanding is endless. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

Theology, for Yalom, is the creating of God in the image of man, and should be stopped because it then tries to impose this image as true. Here’s how he might put it if he were standing here today: One person found this helpful.

In The Spinoza ProblemIrvin Yalom spins fact and fiction into an unforgettable psycho-philosophical novel. As to the Epilogue I got very pleased with the true Spinoza and the ban-lifting by the state of Israel. Basic Books,pages. The two criteria or virtues, or values are contrary, irrvin not necessarily contradictory, aspects of what philosophers call the Good. Read reviews that mention spinoza problem alfred rosenberg irvin yalom historical fiction baruch spinoza jewish community spinozan philosophy easy to read well written alternating chapters thought provoking enjoyed this book back and forth main characters nazi germany thoroughly enjoyed myth of the twentieth nazi alfred read this book spinoza and rosenberg.

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The Spinoza Problem

This has instantly become one of my all time favourite books. Hte About The Spinoza Problem. A serial killer kills, a philosopher thinks. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Overcoming the Terror of Death, by Irvin D. Exiled by his religious community because of his eccentric ideas, Spinoza lived the majority of his life in seclusion and dedicated his existence to the pursuit of rational thought.


The Spinoza Problem: A Novel (Book Review)

He becomes his student and soon moves in with him. Spinoza’s dream to rid the world of the superstitions krvin religions, one of them being that the Jewish people were chosen by God, is replaced in the history of the world by an equally absurd conviction that a race can be superior to others.

You are commenting using tje Facebook account. What I like about him is even though he had a larger-than-life intellect and could probably swipe off of their feet every other great thinker there was, he was still a simple man, a man of his own mind, that refused to believe that only God could give the moral values a man should have. The writing was very clear and easy to follow, without beling simplified. Start reading The Spinoza Problem: Sinoza has decided to discover, through logic alone, essential truths that are not buttressed by political fears, social prejudices or theological conventions.

Goethe as well as Rosenberg are themselves the product of Jewish culture.

What are the irrational convictions that we still operate with? It becomes a search for understanding of place in a world torn by rigid identity distinctions and unyielding out-group warfare.

So far, too much biographical work being made on both sides: So how do you write about a philosopher–a writer beloved of Goethe, Schopenhauer, and so many other thinkers–who spent most of his time in thought?

By an unfortunate twist of fate, Rosenberg met the last man on this earth he should have met — Adolf Hitler. Rosenberg was an anti-Semite of the first order and ultimately hanged as a war criminal for his part in creating the Final Solution.