Bestselling novelist and psychiatrist Irvin Yalom explores the mindsets of Jewish philosopher Spinoza and Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg. Spinoza’s portrait is fictional. The stone in a former graveyard, does not mark the exact place of his grave. All this gives Irvin Yalom plenty room. Irvin Yalom’s novel ‘The Spinoza Problem’ is reviewed by J. Scott Lewis.

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It wasn’t a back and forth, more a succession of very long monologues that weren’t altogether convincing. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The small Spinoza Museum, which Irvin Yalom visited during his research for this ievin, can still be visited in the small village of Rijnsburg — close to Leiden.

Book review: “The Spinoza Problem” by Irvin Yalom

He also recognizes that without the cultic and social loyalty of Jews throughout the centuries, such a contr The Very Refuse of Thy Deeds The ethical principles of justice and charity are the enduring legacy of Judaism.

My interest was to learn more about Spinoza. Aug 13, Negar rated it it was amazing Shelves: As such there is no jrvin way to make a ‘trade-off’ between these two criteria of the Good in any real situation.

He also recognizes that tje the cultic and social loyalty of Jews throughout the centuries, such a contribution would not have survived as more than the short-lived refuse of tribal convention.


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Thus the novel is an intriguing contrast between two men who both suffered from isolation and loneliness, who both held fiercely to radical ideas, and who both impacted history. Review “This is the most intriguing novel I’ve read in many a year.

Yalom, Emeritus in Psychiatry at Stanfordrivin seems to have a strong following of enthusiastic readers. I found this initially intriguing but ultimately tedious. As he had very strong notions both on race and religion, he became one of the main theoreticians of the movement.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. There is no disinterested inquiry, nor should there be in a world that has problems to solve. I know nothing about your field” “Well, for centuries, psychiatrists have primarily been diagnosticians and custodians for hospitalized psychotic, almost incurable patients, but all that has changed in the last decade.

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Lying on the Couch: The sturm und drang faced by Rosenberg and Spinoza serve as examples of the fate of all humankind, and the interconnectedness of identity through time. Fame,for example,consist of the opinions of others and requires that we must live our life as other wish.

Staring at the Sun: Though his life was short and he lived without means in great isolation, he nonetheless produced works that changed the course of history.

Spinoza, one philosopher admired by Ben-Gurion. The many discussions between Rosenberg and his fictional psychoanalyst also appeared stilted to me.


I am not sure whether this parallel approach ever benefited Spinoza. But we also get the sense of deep isolation and loneliness under which Spinoza worked on his ideas. The most valuable was what I learnt about Alfred Rosenberg Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Irvin Yalom has created a taut, deeply informative page turner. Dec 24, Ana rated it it was amazing Shelves: On the other hand, I liked the psychiatric conversations involving the character of Friedrich Pfister. But then the same could be said of much of psychology and sociology, not to mention the hard science directed toward commercial or military superiority.

Rosenberg remains obsessed with Spinoza and becomes powerful enough, to have the content of the small Rijnsburg museum confiscated and carted off to Germany.

Este homem tinha tanto de douto como de humilde. Oct 05, Philippe Malzieu added it. Theology, done right, doesn’t attempt to be interest-free but interest-inclusive.

Please try again later. It has its own language generally directed toward other philosophers or serious students of the subject. The problem being addressed in theology is precisely that raised as paradox by Yalom: He makes a living grinding lenses — which does not help when lung-illnesses run in the family.