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October 7, 2011  RSS feed
Culture

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Lecture will examine Spinoza excommunication


Dr. Steven Nadler Dr. Steven Nadler In 1656, the philosopher Baruch Spinoza was expelled, with great prejudice, from the Amsterdam Portuguese-Jewish congregation. The writ of herem, the harshest ever issued by that community, only mentions his “abominable heresies” and “monstrous deeds,” but does not tell us what exactly his offenses were.

A University of Wisconsin professor, Dr. Steven Nadler, will look at Spinoza’s philosophy, and especially his radical views on God, religion, and Judaism, and try to get to the bottom of the mystery in a lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.

Nadler’s presentation, “ Why was Spinoza Excommunicated,” will inaugurate the June Baumgardner Gelbart Lecture Series in Jewish Studies at the University of South Florida. It will take place at the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions Auditorium, Room 131, at 11710 USF Maple

Drive, on the USF Tampa campus.

The USF College of Arts and Sciences Departments of Religious Studies and Philosophy are hosting the series, made possible by a grant from the June Baumgardner Gelbart Foundation.

A Tampa Bay area philanthropist and patron of the arts, Gelbart was active in the local Jewish community and committed to programs serving Jewish youth.

The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session. This presentation is free and open to USF students, faculty and staff; and to the general public.


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