Heterodoxy, Spinozism, and Free Thought in Early-Eighteenth-Century Europe

Heterodoxy, Spinozism, and Free Thought in Early-Eighteenth-Century Europe : Studies on the Traite des Trois Imposteurs

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'the oldest biography of Spinoza', La Vie de Mr. Spinosa, which in the manuscript copies is often followed by L'Esprit de M. Spinosa. Margaret Jacob, in her Radical Enlightenment, contended that the Traite was written by a radical group of Freemasons in The Hague in the early eighteenth century. Silvia Berti has offered evidence it was written by Jan Vroesen. Various discussions in the early eighteenth century consider many possi- ble authors from the Renaissance onwards to whom the work might be attributed. The Trois imposteurs has attracted quite a bit of recent attention as one of the most significant irreligious clandestine writings available in the Enlightenment, which is most important for understanding the develop- ment of religious scepticism, radical deism, and even atheism in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Scholars for the last couple of decades have been trying to assess when the work was actually written or compiled and by whom. In view of the widespread distribution of manu- scripts of the work all over Europe, they have also been seeking to find out who was influenced by the work, and what it represented for its time. Hitherto unknown manuscripts are being turned up in public and private libraries all over Europe and the United States.
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  • Hardback | 532 pages
  • 165.1 x 236.2 x 38.1mm | 929.88g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1996 ed.
  • XIX, 532 p.
  • 0792341929
  • 9780792341925

Table of contents

Foreword: The Leiden Seminar; R.H. Popkin. I: History and Interpretation of the `Traite des trois imposteurs'. 1. L'esprit de Spinosa': ses origines et sa premiere edition dans leur contexte spinozien; S. Berti. 2. Une histoire interminable: origines et developpement du Traite des Trois Imposteurs; M. Benitez. 3. History and Structure of our Traite des Trois Imposteurs; B.E. Schwarzbach, A.W. Fairbairn. 4. L'esprit de Spinosa et les Traites des trois imposteurs: Rappel des differentes familles et de leurs principales caracteristiques; F. Charles- Daubert. II: Around the `Traite'. 5. Freethinking in early-eighteenth-century Protestant Germany: Peter Friedrich Arpe and the Traite des trois imposteurs; M. Mulsow. 6. The English Deists and the Traite; R.H. Vermij. 7. Sallengre, La Monnoye, and the Traite des trois imposteurs; B. Anderson. 8. The Politics of a Publishing Event: The Marchand Milieu and The Life and Spirit of Spinoza of 1719; J.C. Laursen. 9. Impostors and Revolution: On the `Philadelphie' 1796 Edition of the Traite des trois imposteurs; H. Blair. III: The Threads of a Tradition. 10. An Eighteenth-Century Interpretation of the Ethica: Henry de Boulainvilliers's `Essai de metaphysique'; R. Festa. 11. Legislators, Impostors, and the Politic Origins of Religion: English Theories of `Imposture' from Stubbe to Toland; J.A.I. Champion. 12. `Behold the Fear of the Lord': The Erastianism of Stillingfleet, Wolseley,and Tillotson; J.W. Wojcik. 13. `Jezus Nazarenus Legislator': Adam Boreel's Defence of Christianity; R. Iliffe. 14. John Adler Salvius' Questions to Baruch de Castro concerning De Tribus Impostoribus; S. Akerman. 15. The Struggle Against Unbelief in the Portuguese Jewish Community of Amsterdam after Spinoza's Excommunication; J.R. Maia Neto. 16. Worse than the Three Impostors? Towards an Interpretation of Theodor Ludwig Lau's Meditationes philosophicae de Deo, mundo, homine; A.G. Shelford. Appendix: Marchand's Article Impostoribus; J. Dean.
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