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Betraying Spinoza
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 304

Betraying Spinoza

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2009-01-16
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  • Publisher: Schocken

Part of the Jewish Encounter series In 1656, Amsterdam’s Jewish community excommunicated Baruch Spinoza, and, at the age of twenty–three, he became the most famous heretic in Judaism. He was already germinating a secularist challenge to religion that would be as radical as it was original. He went on to produce one of the most ambitious systems in the history of Western philosophy, so ahead of its time that scientists today, from string theorists to neurobiologists, count themselves among Spinoza’s progeny. In Betraying Spinoza, Rebecca Goldstein sets out to rediscover the flesh-and-blood man often hidden beneath the veneer of rigorous rationality, and to crack the mystery of the breac...

Plato at the Googleplex
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 480

Plato at the Googleplex

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2015-01-06
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  • Publisher: Vintage

Originally published in hardcover: New York: Pantheon, a division of Random House LLC, 2014.

The Mind-body Problem
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 303

The Mind-body Problem

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1985
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  • Publisher: Laurel

Renee Feuer Himmel falls in love with and marries a brilliant mathematician, only to learn he is only attracted to her physically, not emotionally

Mazel
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 368

Mazel

Mazel means luck in Yiddish, and luck is the guiding force in this magical and mesmerizing novel that spans three generations. Sasha Saunders is the daughter of a Polish rabbi who abandons the shtetl and wins renown as a Yiddish actress in Warsaw and New York. Her daughter Chloe becomes a professor of classics at Columbia. Chloe's daughter Phoebe grows up to become a mathematician who is drawn to traditional Judaism and the sort of domestic life her mother and grandmother rejected.

36 Arguments for the Existence of God
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 506

36 Arguments for the Existence of God

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2011
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  • Publisher: Vintage

Psychology professor Cass Seltzer finds his relationship challenged by a former girlfriend's invitation to join her biochemistry experiment in immortality, an effort that is complicated by his ongoing quest to understand religion.

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (Great Discoveries)
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 296

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (Great Discoveries)

A portrait of the eminent twentieth-century mathematician discusses his theorem of incompleteness, relationships with such contemporaries as Albert Einstein, and untimely death as a result of mental instability and self-starvation.

Properties of Light
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

Properties of Light

A grand gothic novel of the outer reaches of passion -- of the body and of the mind -- PROPERTIES OF LIGHT is a mesmerizing tale of consuming love and murderous professional envy that carries the reader into the very heart of a physics problem so huge and perplexing it thwarted even Einstein: the nature of light. Caught in the entanglements of erotic and intellectual passion are three physicists: Samuel Mallach is a brilliant theoretician unhinged by the professional glory he feels has been stolen from him; Dana is his intriguing and gifted daughter, whose desperate devotion to her father contributes to the tragic undoing of Justin Childs, her lover and her father's protege. All three are wo...

The Dark Sister
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 285

The Dark Sister

If you like the fiction of Henry James, the psychology of his brother William, and have a taste for Gothic mysteries you will enjoy The Dark Sister. The novel is a curious mixture of the Victorian repressiveness about sex, intricate stories within stories, and Jewish humor. With a new afterword

The late-summer passion of a woman of mind
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 261

The late-summer passion of a woman of mind

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1990-04-01
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  • Publisher: Vintage

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Philosophy of Language
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 240

Philosophy of Language

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2015-01-23
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  • Publisher: MIT Press

Many beginning students in philosophy of language find themselves grappling with dense and difficult texts not easily understood by someone new to the field. This book offers an introduction to philosophy of language by explaining ten classic, often anthologized, texts. Accessible and thorough, written with a unique combination of informality and careful formulation, the book addresses sense and reference, proper names, definite descriptions, indexicals, the definition of truth, truth and meaning, and the nature of speaker meaning, as addressed by Frege, Kripke, Russell, Donnellan, Kaplan, Evans, Putnam, Tarski, Davidson, and Grice. The explanations aim to be as simple as possible without sa...