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Steven Nadler

Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Steven Nadler is the William H Hay II Professor of Philosophy and the Evjue-Bascom Professor in Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His books include Spinoza: A Life (2nd ed, 2018); A Book Forged in Hell: Spinoza’s Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Secular Age (2011); The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes (2013); Heretics! The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy (2017), co-authored with Ben Nadler; Menasseh ben Israel: Rabbi of Amsterdam (2018); and Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die (2020).

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Why Spinoza still matters

Steven Nadler

In Aeon’s process of copyediting/proofreading, a change was made in paragraph 16 of my essay, changing ‘Ezra’ (the fifth-century BCE scribe) to ‘Abraham ibn Ezra’ (the twelfth-century philosopher), and I did not catch it in the proofreading stage. It was, of course, Ezra the Scribe (not Abraham ibn Ezra) whom Spinoza credits with editing the texts of the Hebrew Bible.

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