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Immortality on the Amstel

Steven Nadler

in Spinoza's Heresy

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199247073
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598074 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199247072.003.0007
 Immortality on the Amstel

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Discusses the context in seventeenth‐century Jewish Amsterdam for Spinoza's ban and the ways in which the issue of immortality was central to the concerns of the community's rabbis and leaders in that period. Uriel da Costa's heretical views on immortality are examined, as are the particular views of the rabbis. Argues that, even at the time of Spinoza's ban, many years after the Da Costa episode, it was an important question to Amsterdam's Jews.

Keywords: Amsterdam; heresy; immortality; rabbis; Spinoza; Uriel da Costa

Chapter.  9712 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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