20 December 2013

Spinoza’s Contribution to Modernity

Commenting on Rebecca Goldstein’s book ‘Betraying Spinoza,’ Antonio Damasio has this to say:
“A brilliant, engaging and personal reflection on Spinoza’s life, thinking and historical context.  I read this intellectual page-turner in one sitting.  I recommend it to anyone curious to know how Spinoza was doubly betrayed, first by those who failed to acknowledge his monumental contribution to modernity and then by those who are now intent on dismantling it.” 

However, what is it we actually mean when we refer to modernity.  An answer to this question is provided by Paul Nadal, in his article: What is Modernity?