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

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As Spinoza's inflammatory manuscripts circulated underground, he lived a humble existence in The Hague, grinding optical lenses to make ends meet. Meanwhile, in the glittering salons of Paris, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was climbing the ladder of courtly success. In between trips to the opera & groundbreaking work in mathematics, philosophy & jurisprudence, he took every opportunity to denounce Spinoza, relishing his self-appointed role as 'God's attorney.' This exquisitely written philosophical romance of attraction & repulsion, greed & virtue, religion & heresy, gives narrative form to an epic jousting of metaphysical ideas in the 17th century.

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