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

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

Philosophy in the late seventeenth century was a dangerous business. No careerist could afford to know the reclusive, controversial philosopher Baruch de Spinoza. Yet the wildly ambitious genius Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who denounced Spinoza in public, became privately obsessed with Spinoza's ideas, wrote him clandestine letters, and ultimately met him in secret.

"In refreshingly lucid terms" (Booklist) Matthew Stewart "rescues both men from a dusty academic shelf, bringing them to life as enlightened humans" (Library Journal) central to the religious, political, and personal battles that gave birth to the modern age. Both men put their faith in the guidance of reason, but one spent his life defending a God he may not have believed in, while the other believed in a God who did not need his defense. Ultimately, the two thinkers represent radically different approaches to the challenges of the modern era. They stand for a choice that we all must make.

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About the Author:

Matthew Stewart is the author of Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic, The Courtier and the Heretic: Leibniz, Spinoza, and the Fate of God in the Modern World and The Management Myth: Debunking the Modern Philosophy of Business. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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A most entertaining read about two extraordinary characters, which is both rich in history and overflowing with ideas. -- David Edmonds and John Eidinow, authors of Wittgenstein's Poker

A page-turner about jousting metaphysical ideas that casts the hallowed, hoary thinkers as warriors in a heated ideological battle. -- New York Times Book Review

Altogether excellent...Stewart's approach is au courant and quite convincing...He deserves a medal for avoiding jargon and opting instead for accessibility. -- New York Post, Michael Weiss

An absorbing study....Lays the ground for a new genre: rigorous, readable intellectual history. -- The Economist

An engaging portrait of...the most important and fascinating thinkers of the modern age...A brilliant job of illuminating...personal, intellectual...historical context. -- Steven Nadler, author of Rembrandt's Jews and Spinoza

Exhilarating....Stewart has achieved a near impossibility, creating a page-turner about jousting metaphysical ideas, casting thinkers as warriors...A fluid, even...jaunty writer. -- New York Times Book Review, Liesl Schillinger

Stewart goes far to rescue both men from a...dusty academic shelf, bringing them to life as enlightened humans. -- Library Journal, Francisca Goldsmith

Stewart...brings the men to life...A highly readable examination of two influential, but often overlooked, thinkers of the early Enlightenment. -- Kirkus Reviews

The best current untechnical introduction to their lives and philosophies...A thoroughly good book, hard to put down. -- Literary Review, A.C. Grayling

Witty, fascinating...Deftly intertwines the lives and works of Spinoza and Leibniz and gives an elegant...sometimes hilarious overview of their differences...delightful. -- San Francisco Chronicle, Lisa Montarelli

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