Nextbook with Goldstein on Spinoza

Arts&Letters Daily linked to this interview (at nextbook.org) with Rebecca Goldstein (author of 'Betraying Spinoza').

In her answer to the last question Ms Goldstein asserts that "despite himself, Spinoza identified with Jews", citing as evidence his emotional reaction to a story of someone murdered by the inquisition. But identifying with the Jews in that context is an inevitable consequence of rational humanity, and surely it does not require any Jewish heritage in order to feel similarly.

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