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Why Was Spinoza Excommunicated?

Event: Why Was Spinoza Excommunicated?
Professor Steve Nadler
William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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"? which continues Monday, October 29 from 9:30-5:00 in University Hall room 347. Please go to meltoncenter.osu.edu/spinoza for the conference schedule.

Co-sponsored by the Ohio State Department of Philosophy, the Thomas and Diann Mann Distinguished Symposium Series and the Diane Cummins Community Education Fund.
Date and time:October 28, 2012
7:00 PM
Location:Area on Campus: LYJCC, 1125 College Ave
Contact:Paige Bailey
Phone Number:614-247-7882
Event category:Melton Center for Jewish Studies & Philosophy
Event Type:Lecture

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