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Prof. Sledge to speak on Spinoza

Date: 9/10/2014
Prof. Justin Sledge will be giving a short "Lunch and Learn" on Spinoza at the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue (1457 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226 ) on Monday, October 6th from noon-1. 

Topic: Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) may have been the first modern person. Expelled from the Amsterdam Jewish community in 1656 but never converting to Christianity, Spinoza laid the philosophical foundation for many core modern ideas. His books were decried in his lifetime as “forged in Hell by a renegade Jew and the Devil,” but recently he was hailed as the “prince of philosophers.” Just what are some of Spinoza’s ideas? What relation does his Jewish education bear on his philosophy? What does it mean to claim Spinoza as a ‘Jewish Philosopher?’ Come hear Dr. Justin Sledge introduce us to the controversial, influential, and radical philosophy of Baruch Spinoza.