Spinoza and the Kabbalah: From the Gate of Heaven to the ‘Field of Holy Apples’

In Cristina Ciucu (ed.), Early Modern Philosophy & the Kabbalah (forthcoming)
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In the first part of this paper we will consider the likely extent of Spinoza’s exposure to Kabbalistic literature as he was growing up in Amsterdam. In the second part we will closely study several texts in which Spinoza seems to engage with Kabbalistic doctrines. In the third and final part we will study the role of the two crucial doctrines of emanation and pantheism (or panentheism), in Spinoza’s system and in the Kabbalistic literature.

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Yitzhak Melamed
Johns Hopkins University


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