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Spinoza Unreformed

From the March 2012 Print Edition

A Book Forged in Hell: Spinoza’s Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Secular Age ? by Steven Nadler Princeton, 304 pages, $29.95 The author of several well-received scholarly works on Spinoza, Steven Nadler has taken a step closer to the mass market with his new, tantalizingly titled . . . . Continue Reading »

Enlightening Judaism

From the Aug/Sept 2011 Print Edition

Faith and Freedom: Moses Mendelssohn’s Theological-Political Thought by Michah Gottlieb Oxford, 209 pages, $55 Jewish historians used to speak of Moses Mendelssohn, the late-eighteenth-century German Jewish thinker, as the man who single-handedly launched his previously ghettoized people into . . . . Continue Reading »