IRVIN YALOM THE SPINOZA PROBLEM PDF

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In The Spinoza Problem , Irvin Yalom spins fact and fiction into an unforgettable psycho-philosophical novel. A psychiatrist with a deep interest in philosophical issues, Yalom jointly tells the story of the seventeenth-century thinker Baruch Spinoza, his philosophy and subsequent excommunication from the Jewish community, and his apparent influence on the Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg, whose einsatzgruppe was dispatched during the Second World War to investigate a mysterious Spinoza Problem.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In The Spinoza Problem , Irvin Yalom spins fact and fiction into an unforgettable psycho-philosophical novel. A psychiatrist with a deep interest in philosophical issues, Yalom jointly tells the story of the seventeenth-century thinker Baruch Spinoza, his philosophy and subsequent excommunication from the Jewish community, and his apparent influence on the Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg, whose einsatzgruppe was dispatched during the Second World War to investigate a mysterious Spinoza Problem.

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Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Previous page. The Schopenhauer Cure. Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir. Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death. Lying on the Couch: A Novel. Next page. Irvin Yalom has created a taut, deeply informative page turner. I enthusiastically recommend The Spinoza Problem.

So how do you write about a philosopher--a writer beloved of Goethe, Schopenhauer, and so many other thinkers--who spent most of his time in thought?

And how do you regard Spinoza--a Jew whose work helped to usher in the Enlightenment--if, indeed, you're a Nazi? Irvin Yalom is just the writer to take on such a problem, and he solves it, with his own novelistic brilliance, in this vibrant book. In my view, Yalom is one of the most eclectic, wide-ranging, and dazzling writers of our time. Seligman, author of Flourish "Irvin Yalom is the most significant writer of psychological fiction in the world today. The Spinoza Problem is a masterpiece.

Jeste, M. Little is known about the psyche of either Baruch Spinoza or Alfred Rosenberg, yet using his extraordinary ability to peer into the minds of his patients, Dr. Yalom has produced a rare gem in existing literature. Only an incomparably gifted author could write such a fascinating and thought-provoking novel. A real page-turner. Ambitious, erudite, and engaging, The Spinoza Problem's interweaving tale forces a reader to confront the fundamental question: can reason exert its force for good?

It's the sort of temporal alchemy and alchemy of science and fiction that Yalom does so well. The Spinoza Problem is engrossing, enlightening, disturbing and ultimately deeply satisfying. The novel is a masterpiece, depicting the ultimate triumph of clear and compassionate reason over religious dogma and political pathology alike. I think it's Yalom's greatest yet. Schatzberg, M. Norris, Jr. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, and Past-President, American Psychiatric Association "In The Spinoza Problem, Irvin Yalom has given us a suspenseful and meaningful novel spanning nearly three centuries and depicting how philosophy and wisdom can spur evil counter-responses that can continue for centuries.

This book is another tour de force from a leading psychiatrist psychotherapist who has truly created a genre of fiction and whose novels engross and enlighten us as we anticipate turning the next page.

The Spinoza Problem is another not to be missed work from one of the great contributors to the scientific and fictional literature of psychotherapy. Like a good teacher, he presents only a few ideas at a time and moves carefully from one to the next with frequent recapitulation The conversations he creates give a lovely sense of the philosopher's character and provide a lucid explanation of the man's major ideas about nature, free will, and reason.

Yalom seamlessly parallels the intellectual and personal lives of these two very different men in this engaging, erudite tale. Yalom's ability to make complex ideas and theories accessible is what makes his novels so popular. The Spinoza Problem gives readers a penetrating look at the perils inherent in seeking wisdom, and the dangers incumbent on anyone brave or foolish enough to attempt a philosophical life.

That question is brilliantly explored in the new novel The Spinoza Problem As in his earlier novel When Nietzsche Wept, Yalom again dramatizes a great thinker's ideas.

The Spinoza Problem consists of two compelling narratives The two tales amount to a mystery novel, although it is a mystery of a very cerebral kind. Dramatically pleasing, and wonderfully crafted The novel is gripping and informative, a brilliant work of psychological fiction. Dr Irvin Yalom is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and the author of many books, including Creatures of a Day and the bestselling Love's Executioner.

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Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. This is decent historical fiction. I thought there were positives and negatives in the book which had me swinging between giving it five stars and giving it three stars.

The structure of the story consists of alternating chapters describing the lives of Benedict Spinoza and Alfred Rosenberg. I thought the parallel story format was an interesting concept, and effectively done. I found that when my interest in one story waned, my interest in the other story waxed. Rosenberg is something of a mystery. For example, Catholics were routinely sent to concentration camps for insulting the Myth of the Twentieth Century, which Yalom omits, and that text was used to teach Nazi leaders, which Yalom notes, and Rosenberg did win the Nazi version of the Nobel Prize, which Yalom also notes.

In the book, these facts are framed to suggest that Hitler was patronizing Rosenberg, who might have something to offer the Party if his ego was stroked. Thus, Rosenberg is an ineffectual, intellectually-challenged snob. I would have hoped for something more sophisticated and challenging.

Likewise, the sections on Spinoza are hagiography. Again, this could be true, but it was laid on a bit thick. On the other hand, I liked the psychiatric conversations involving the character of Friedrich Pfister.

I question its historical accuracy, but it did keep my attention throughout. As the author notes in his preface, it is hard to write a book about Baruch Spinoza, because most of his life was dedicated to philosophical thought, so that there isn't much of a narrative. The solution came to him when he discovered that the entire private library of Spinoza was stolen by the Nazis in under orders of Alfred Rosenberg, in many ways the ideological leader of national socialism. The result is an intriguing novel with two narrative threads that alternate between 17th century Holland and 20th century Germany.

You get more than a glimpse of Spinoza's brilliant mind, so ahead of his time, but not entirely free of prejudice especially when it came to the rights of women. And you gain some insight into the troubled mind of one of the architects of the Third Reich, even though he was shunned by Hitler's inner circle for most of his life. I enjoyed learning about one of our great philosophers without having to read his actual works, which are said to be hard to understand. The author tried to pack as much as possible of Spinoza's own words into some of the passages discussing philosophy, to keep this novel from being too fictionalized much of the story is invented, even the connection itself between Rosenberg and Spinoza.

But as a result, the language in large parts of the book is very stilted. It's hard to imagine how people might have spoken in the s, but there are many historical novels that do a better job of it. The many discussions between Rosenberg and his fictional psychoanalyst also appeared stilted to me. Psychoanalysis might sound like that, for all I know, but overall I didn't enjoy the dialogue in the book as much as I thought I would. It wasn't a back and forth, more a succession of very long monologues that weren't altogether convincing.

Still, I found The Spinoza Problem to be an enjoyable and fairly easy read which offered new historical insights. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.

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