The Spinoza Problem

The Spinoza Problem When sixteen year old Alfred Rosenberg is called into his headmaster s office for anti Semitic remarks he made during a school speech he is forced as punishment to memorize passages about Spinoza f
  • Title: The Spinoza Problem
  • Author: Irvin D. Yalom
  • ISBN: 9780465029631
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Spinoza Problem
    When sixteen year old Alfred Rosenberg is called into his headmaster s office for anti Semitic remarks he made during a school speech, he is forced, as punishment, to memorize passages about Spinoza from the autobiography of the German poet Goethe Rosenberg is stunned to discover that Goethe, his idol, was a great admirer of the Jewish seventeenth century philosopher BaruWhen sixteen year old Alfred Rosenberg is called into his headmaster s office for anti Semitic remarks he made during a school speech, he is forced, as punishment, to memorize passages about Spinoza from the autobiography of the German poet Goethe Rosenberg is stunned to discover that Goethe, his idol, was a great admirer of the Jewish seventeenth century philosopher Baruch Spinoza Long after graduation, Rosenberg remains haunted by this Spinoza problem how could the German genius Goethe have been inspired by a member of a race Rosenberg considers so inferior to his own, a race he was determined to destroy Spinoza himself was no stranger to punishment during his lifetime Because of his unorthodox religious views, he was excommunicated from the Amsterdam Jewish community in 1656, at the age of twenty four, and banished from the only world he had ever known Though his life was short and he lived without means in great isolation, he nonetheless produced works that changed the course of history Over the years, Rosenberg rose through the ranks to become an outspoken Nazi ideologue, a faithful servant of Hitler, and the main author of racial policy for the Third Reich Still, his Spinoza obsession lingered By imagining the unexpected intersection of Spinoza s life with Rosenberg s, internationally bestselling novelist Irvin D Yalom explores the mindsets of two men separated by 300 years Using his skills as a psychiatrist, he explores the inner lives of Spinoza, the saintly secular philosopher, and of Rosenberg, the godless mass murderer.
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  • Irvin D. Yalom

    Irvin David Yalom, M.D is an author of fiction and nonfiction, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University, an existentialist, and accomplished psychotherapist.


  • I should have known better.I should have known that this would not be a book for me.My interest was to learn about Spinoza Coward that I am, I thought that a semi fictional approach to the Dutch thinker would be a smooth way to approach him The book seemed also to offer an original angle What would be the link between this 17C Dutch thinker, also Jewish, and a Nazi ideologue Dr Yalom, Emeritus in Psychiatry at Stanford , also seems to have a strong following of enthusiastic readers.The structur [...]

  • The Very Refuse of Thy DeedsThe ethical principles of justice and charity are the enduring legacy of Judaism Through countless generations of the Jewish community, they have been transmitted to Christianity and Islam, and through them to the world, as the essential foundations of what most of us can agree is civilized society Yalom recognizes this Judaic contribution to human existence He also recognizes that without the cultic and social loyalty of Jews throughout the centuries, such a contribu [...]

  • Alfred Rosenberg talks to psychiatrist and friend, Friedrich Pfister I have to confess that you re the first psychiatrist I ve ever met I know nothing about your field Well, for centuries, psychiatrists have primarily been diagnosticians and custodians for hospitalized psychotic, almost incurable patients, but all that has changed in the last decade The change began with Sigmund Freud in Vienna, who invented the talking treatment called psychoanalysis , which permits us to help patients overcome [...]

  • This is not my first book by Yalom and it will definitely not be the last I love his style it s fluid, it molds on every type of subject and it somehow incorporates scientific or historical information in such a way that you don t even realize any which is fact and which is fiction I learned a lot from his books and he is a man to be listened to when it comes to psychological problems or philosophic questions about life Unlike us, the rest of the human population that reads his books, the man ha [...]

  • Adorei Gosto muito de filosofia e gostei mais ainda da tem tica desenvolvida Um orgulho saber que este temer rio pensador, Spinoza, era descendente de judeus portugueses, que com valentia e ousadia defendeu e viveu as suas convic es A sua fam lia, devido persegui o durante a Inquisi o em Portugal, viu se obrigada a emigrar para a Holanda no s c XVI O pai, um pr spero comerciante, aspirava ver o filho como um proeminente rabino, dado a sua intelig ncia e sede de conhecimento, no entanto a sua det [...]

  • O Problema Espinosa o ltimo livro que faz parte da trilogia que o psicanalista americano, Irvin D Yalom dedica a tr s grandes pensadores da hist ria da filosofia Nietzsche, Schopenhauer e Espinosa Li todos e o que mais me apaixona em Yalom a capacidade que revela ao apresentar nos as linhas gerais das ideias desses tr s grandes homens que tanto contribu ram para o conhecimento do Ser, da Natureza, do Universo, de Deus, de uma forma extraordinariamente fascinante Numa mescla entre realidade e fic [...]

  • I found this initially intriguing but ultimately tedious In fact there is NOT much of a link to go on, between Rosenberg and Spinoza it feels like a false or inflated premise And also, pretty much, it s a novel in which nothing happens There s a conversation and then another conversation and then another conversation where they talk about the previous conversation If you want a very light fluffy summary of some of Spinoza s views, okay and in fact the Rosenberg character is a pretty interesting [...]

  • I saw this book on GR and I remembered the embarrassment that I had by reading it in when it had been published To put in parallel Spinoza and the theorist anti semite was a risky project Spinoza seems a kind of Christ forgiving all, even the attempt of assassination He is withdrawn as a hermit to polish glass.Rosenberg seems a mousy man neurotic between his admiration for Spinoza and his commitment Nazi Embarrassment comes owing to the fact that the role of the bad guy is occupied by the Jewisc [...]

  • Ova knjiga je vrhunski spoj svih onih oblasti koje volim da izu avam istorija poseban osvrt na Drugi svetski rat , religija, politika, sociologija i psihologija Sve to je sa eto kroz fikciju uobli enu u paralelnom prikazu Baruha Benta Spinoze i Alfreda Rozenberga uticajnog nacistu Autor je na odli an na in prikazao kako je jedan nacisti kin um bio pod uticajem impresijom pozitivnom i negativnom jevrejskog filozofa, a isto tako je do arao ivot Spinoze i sve njegove golgote.

  • It s been years since I ve read any Spinoza, but that wasn t a problem here Yalom s historical faction includes long passages where Spinoza himself explains his rational process Told in alternating chapters, we meet Spinoza at the time of his excommunication cherem from the Sephardic community in Amesterdam and a young Alfred Rosenberg, ultimately Hitler s publisher and the man who stole Jewish and other artworks for the Reich.So, what is the Spinoza problem Spinoza was a Jew of Portugese descen [...]

  • Among the innumerable treasures the Nazis stole from Europe during World War II was a collection of books displayed at the Spinoza Museum in Rijns burg, Holland Compared with the Rembrandts and Vermeers nearby, these antique volumes weren t particularly valuable, but the Nazi officer assigned to carry out this little act of plunder said the books were of great importance for the exploration of the Spinoza problem The Spinoza problem Was that a subset of the Jewish Question Or was it some other s [...]

  • I picked this up because my mother s book club had their last meeting centered around it She said it was a pleasant read with a nice flow so I thought I d give it a go for a light summer read, one that wasn t the typical YA that I go for when I don t want to overcomplicate things.Yalom is known to write novels strongly rooted in psychoanalysis, obviously originating from his background as a psychologist The techniques used in psychoanalysis are thus easily detectable in The Spinoza Problem, espe [...]

  • I learned of this author through one of my friends on Yalom is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford, a practicing psychiatrist, and an author of nonfiction as well as novels The Spinoza Problem is a philosophical novel and I chose to read it as an introduction to Yalom because I admire Spinoza.I have mentioned before, in my ranting about books and reading, my life long difficulties with studying philosophy My only real success in this endeavor came when I read The Story of Philosophy by Will Du [...]

  • when Nietzsche wept being my most favorite book of Yalom, the schopenhauer cure is the seconde most and this one the least Interestingly that s the sequence I read these books as well, but I m not sure if there is any relation between them I do know that how much you like a book has a lot to do with who are now Thus how much you enjoyed a certain book can be a good measure of who you ve become and who you will be.

  • te Irvin Yalom a hayran olma sebeplerinden biri daha Yalom, her zamanki tarz yla tarihi ki ilikleri bir araya getiriyor, tarihi ger ekliklerle kurmacay m thi bir beceriyle harmanl yor ve bunu yaparken de i in i ine felsefeyi, psikolojiyi, psikanalizi ustaca okuyor Siz de notlar alarak, d nerek ve ge mi in ve bug n n toplumunu, siyasetini, insanlar n sorgulayarak metni hayranl kla okuyorsunuz nsan s k aral klarla bir Yalom kitab okumal.

  • This has instantly become one of my all time favourite books I think Spinoza is one of the greatest human beings to have ever walked this earth and the way in which Yalom described his thoughts, ideas and struggles was absolutely fascinating The parallel story was also very interesting, it definitely kept my attention and it was a good exercise into a twisted mind, to put it mildly.

  • For once I m surprised by how much I dis liked a book The Spinoza Problem has so many of the elements that I usually adore historical fiction drawn around real and important historical figures, settings and themes of personal significance to me, and a core political philosophical dimension Yet I never connected with this book Though it does provide an accessible introduction to Spinoza s complex and sometimes obtuse philosophy, I found its presentation so simplified that it sometimes felt insult [...]

  • I find Yalom s ability to breath new life into understanding past philosophers remarkable While I enjoyed When Nietzsche Wept far , it stems from the fact that I find Nietzsche interesting then Spinoza His introduction of therapists to create fictional dialogue to flesh out the thoughts of different protagonists is believable and efficient For this particular book, his blending of Nazi racism and Spinoza s thought was fascinating While this novel cannot, nor I imagine claim to, give a complete [...]

  • Wow Spinoza applied uncompromising rationalism to life, ethics and beliefs Educational and riveting I am not smart enough to read Spinoza but this book has easy prose and is a nourishing subject for any atheist rational thinking person Astonishing insights into and for a 17th century autodidact.

  • Siamo uomini o spugne Siamo in Estonia L adolescente Alfred Rosenberg visibilmente sconvolto Per due ragioni una, perch stato aspramente rimproverato dal preside ebreo , a cui giunta notizia di un suo discorso antisemita, l altra perch ha scoperto che Goethe, il sommo vate tedesco, nutre profonda ammirazione per Spinoza, filosofo ebreo del 600 Per il piccolo Rosenberg, venire a capo di questo Cubo di Rubik, e scoprire come le parole di Spinoza possano essere state sedativo per le passioni di Goe [...]

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