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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The Spinoza Problem by Irvin D. Yalom
The story moves — a little — along two distant tracks. Spinoza up, Alfred rivin. It’s been years since I’ve read any Spinoza, but that wasn’t a problem here – Yalom’s historical faction yaom long passages where Spinoza himself explains his rational process. The Spinoza Museum, Rijnsburg. Both main characters are obsessed with something, but in different manners. Share your thoughts with other customers.
And I wonder whether the problems is: If you want a very light fluffy summary of some of Spinoza’s views, okay; and in fact the Rosenberg character is a pretty inte I found this initially intriguing but ultimately tedious.
Book review: “The Spinoza Problem” by Irvin Yalom
In my view, Yalom is one of the most eclectic, wide-ranging, and dazzling writers of our time. To achieve and maintain fame, we must like what others like and shun whatever it is that they shun. Which evidently caused them to get close because of their common stupid hate towards Jews and planted in Hitler’s mind many ideas he shouldn’t have had. It is a historical fact that Rosenberg confiscated Spinoza’s library during one of his many raids though Europe.
Rosenberg is cast as a subtly immature figure, seeking his place in the party he helped to form.
Your greatest instrument is you, yourself, and the work of self-understanding is endless. And also, pretty much, it’s a novel in which nothing happens.
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A Novel Book Review Author: Yalom seamlessly parallels the intellectual and personal lives of these two very different men in this engaging, erudite tale. Lying on the Probkem The author posits that Rosenberg, convinced of the superiority of the Aryan race and the need to cleanse Europe of the Jewish plague, is obsessed with finding those Aryans Spinoza stole his ideas from.
At times this is a difficult book to read, particularly the parts where Rosenberg is going on about his racial superiority ideas if one didn’t know about the rise of the Reich and the Final Solution, it would seem implausible that these ideas could actually take over a political system. Though the paths are distinct, they cross often.
Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The philosopher who many say set the building blocks of Enlightenment is followed, contrary to our general belief in progress and general hope of a better future, by other so tne philosophers who brought the world into one of its darkest places.
Don’t complicate your life with such trivial goals as riches and fame: Here’s how he might put it if he were standing here today: The greater the number of people involved, the more difficult the problem of unification, and the closer one comes to that unachievable asymptote, theologically termed ‘God’. A Novel of Obsession.
Crowds stood up in the s to support one zealot. The writing was very clear and easy to follow, without beling simplified. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Philosophy is a calling, not well remunerated unless one teaches or publishes.
He also recognizes that without the cultic and social loyalty of Jews throughout the centuries, such a contr The Very Refuse of Thy Deeds The ethical principles of justice and charity are the enduring legacy of Judaism.
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