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The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World

 
 
 
 
The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World
Author: Matthew Stewart
ISBN 13: 9780393329179
ISBN 10: 393329178
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2007-01-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
List Price: $15.95
 
 

“A colorful reinterpretation. . . . Stewart’s wit and profluent prose make this book a fascinating read.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

The New York Times - Liesl Schillinger

With The Courtier and the Heretic, Stewart has achieved a near impossibility, creating a page-turner about jousting metaphysical ideas that casts the hallowed, hoary thinkers as warriors in a heated ideological battle. He reveals early on that he believes the battle was one-sided, and that both men fought for the same cause. Even so, the conflict, as he paints it, is no less compelling for ending in a draw. This is a harder trick to pull off than it may sound because Stewart's rivals are both relatively unknown to modern nonspecialists. In other words, he has to acquaint his readers with both his main characters before he can unspool his take on their story.