Steven Nadler

 

On his book A Book Forged in Hell: Spinoza’s Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Modern Age

Cover Interview of October 21, 2011

Lastly

I believe Spinoza’s Treatise remains one of the most relevant and important works in the history of philosophy.  To the extent that we are committed to a secular, tolerant society, one which is characterized by a devotion both to freedom and to treating our fellow human beings with justice and charity, we are Spinoza’s ideological heirs.  I very much hope that this book inspires people to go back and read Spinoza’s treatise for themselves, and perhaps that it even invigorates the fight for toleration, justice, social welfare, and a recognition that a modern society needs to be both liberal and secular and focused on the well-being of its citizens.