By Matthew Stewart
“A colourful reinterpretation. . . . Stewart’s wit and profluent prose make this ebook a desirable read.”―Publishers Weekly, starred review
Philosophy within the overdue 17th century was once a perilous enterprise. No careerist may manage to pay for to understand the reclusive, debatable thinker Baruch de Spinoza. but the wildly bold genius Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who denounced Spinoza in public, turned privately passionate about Spinoza's principles, wrote him clandestine letters, and finally met him in secret.
"In refreshingly lucid phrases" (Booklist) Matthew Stewart "rescues either males from a dusty educational shelf, bringing them to lifestyles as enlightened people" (Library Journal) crucial to the non secular, political, and private battles that gave start to the fashionable age. either males placed their religion within the assistance of cause, yet one spent his existence protecting a God he won't have believed in, whereas the opposite believed in a God who didn't desire his protection. eventually, the 2 thinkers characterize appreciably diversified techniques to the demanding situations of the trendy period. They stand for a call that all of us needs to make.