The Melton Center for Jewish Studies and department of Philosophy present:
Professor Steve Nadler
William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professor Nadler is the author of several works on Spinoza, including Spinoza: A Life, Spinoza's Heresy and A Book Forged in Hell.
In July, 1656, Baruch Spinoza was banned from the Portuguese-Jewish community of Amsterdam. But the circumstances surrounding his excommunication remain somewhat mysterious. The official documents mention only his "abominable heresies" and "monstrous deeds". But what were these heresies and monstrous deed? In this lecture, we will look at the banning of Spinoza as a way to introduce some of the main themes of this radical thinker's philosophy.
This talk is a part of a mini-conference, Spinoza: The "God-Intoxicated Atheist"? that will continue Monday, October 29 from 9:30-5:00 in University Hall room 347.
Made possible in part by the Diann and Thomas Mann Distinguished Symposium fund and the Diane Cummins Community Education Fund.