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- DescriptionNancy Levene reinterprets a major early modern philosopher, Benedict de Spiza - a Jew who was rejected by the Jewish community of his day but whose thought contains, and critiques, both Jewish and Christian ideas. It foregrounds the connection of religion, democracy, and reason, showing that Spiza's theories of the Bible, the theologico-political, and the philosophical all involve the concepts of equality and sovereignty. Professor Levene argues that Spiza's concept of revelation is the key to this connection, and above all to Spiza's view of human power. This is to shift the emphasis in Spiza's thought from the language of amor Dei (love of God) to the language of libertas humana (human freedom) without losing either the dialectic of his most striking claim - that man is God to man - or the Jewish and Christian elements in his thought. Original and thoughtfully argued, this book offers fresh insights into Spiza's thought.
- Author BiographyNancy Levene is Assistant Professor of Religion at Williams College, Williamstown, MA. She is co-editor, with Peter Ochs, of Textual Reasonings: Jewish Philosophy and Text Study at the End of the Twentieth Century (2002).
- Author(s)Nancy K. Levene
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication25/09/2009
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight420 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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