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Berthold Auerbach's novel, Spinoza*, will probably prove more attractive to the student and the admirers of the great pantheistic philosopher than to ordinary novel readers. It is essentially a novel with a purpose, and that purpose is the setting forth of the life, the character, and the teachings of Spinoza. It would be difficult indeed for such a work to be popular in the sense in which romance writers aim at popularity. But to the ever-widening circle of students of Spinoza, and to the large class who like to leaven their light reading with instruction, the book will appeal directly. In Goethe's biography, he tells us of the distrust which Bayle's article on Spinoza inspired in him. "In the first place," says Goethe, "the man was represented as an atheist, and his opinions as most abominable; but immediately after it was confessed that he was a calm, reflective, diligent scholar; a good citizen, a sympathizing neighbour, and a peaceable domestic man." In Auerbach's last novel we are shown Spinoza from both these points of view, regarded with hatred and with horror by his enemies, with admiration by his friends. It is in no small degree to Goethe's admiration for him that Spinoza finds the widespread admiration which his writings and his teachings receive in the present day. The "great disinterestedness" which Goethe finds in every sentence —the "all-composing calmness" which made the great German poet his most devoted worshipper—these qualities have been appreciated and accepted by not a few who first learned to look for them through the teachings of Goethe. They may be found again in Auerbach's story. "No figure," says Auerbach, "risen since Spinoza has lived so much in the eternal as he did."
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1492831999