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TitleHeterodoxy, Spinozism, and Free Thought in Early-Eighteenth-Century Europe [electronic resource] : Studies on the Traitรฉ des Trois Imposteurs / edited by Silvia Berti, Franรงoise Charles-Daubert, Richard H. Popkin
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1996
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Descript XIX, 532 p. online resource


'the oldest biography of Spinoza', La Vie de Mr. Spinosa, which in the manuscript copies is often followed by L'Esprit de M. Spinosa. Margaret Jacob, in her Radical Enlightenment, contended that the Traite was written by a radical group of Freemasons in The Hague in the early eighteenth century. Silvia Berti has offered evidence it was written by Jan Vroesen. Various discussions in the early eighteenth century consider many possiยญ ble authors from the Renaissance onwards to whom the work might be attributed. The Trois imposteurs has attracted quite a bit of recent attention as one of the most significant irreligious clandestine writings available in the Enlightenment, which is most important for understanding the developยญ ment of religious scepticism, radical deism, and even atheism in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Scholars for the last couple of decades have been trying to assess when the work was actually written or compiled and by whom. In view of the widespread distribution of manuยญ scripts of the work all over Europe, they have also been seeking to find out who was influenced by the work, and what it represented for its time. Hitherto unknown manuscripts are being turned up in public and private libraries all over Europe and the United States


I. History and Interpretation of the โ{128}{152}Traitรฉ des Trois Imposteursโ{128}{153} -- 1. Lโ{128}{153}Esprit de Spinosa: ses origines et sa premiรจre รฉdition dans leur contexte spinozien -- 2. Une Histoire interminable: origines et dรฉveloppement du Traitรฉ des trois imposteurs -- 3. History and structure of our Traitรฉ des trois imposteurs -- 4. Lโ{128}{153}Esprit de Spinosa et les Traitรฉs des trois imposteurs: rappel des diffรฉrentes familles et de leurs principales caractรฉristiques -- II. Around the โ{128}{152}Traitรฉโ{128}{153} -- 5. Freethinking in early-eighteenth-century Protestant Germany: Peter Friedrich Arpe and the Traitรฉ des trois imposteurs -- 6. The English Deists and the Traitรฉ -- 7. Sallengre, La Monnoye, and the Traitรฉ des trois imposteurs -- 8. The politics of a publishing event: the Marchand milieu and The life and spirit of Spinoza of 1719 -- 9. Impostors and Revolution: on the โ{128}{152}Philadelphieโ{128}{153} 1796 edition of the Traitรฉ des trois imposteurs -- III. The Threads of a Tradition -- 10. An eighteenth-century interpretation of the Ethica: Henry de Boulainvilliersโ{128}{153}s โ{128}{152}Essai de mรฉtaphysiqueโ{128}{153} -- 11. Legislators, impostors, and the politic origins of religion: English theories of โ{128}{152}impostureโ{128}{153} from Stubbe to Toland -- 12. โ{128}{152}Behold the fear of the Lordโ{128}{153}: the Erastianism of Stillingfleet, Wolseley, and Tillotson -- 13. โ{128}{152}Jesus Nazarenus legislatorโ{128}{153}: Adam Boreelโ{128}{153}s defence of Christianity -- 14. Johan Adler Salviusโ{128}{153} Questions to Baruch de Castro concerning De tribus impostoribus -- 15. The struggle against unbelief in the Portuguese Jewish community of Amsterdam after Spinozaโ{128}{153}s excommunication -- 16. Worse than the three impostors? towards an interpretation of Theodor Ludwig Lauโ{128}{153}s Meditationes philosophicae de Deo, mundo, homine

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