Spinoza in The Making of the Humanities

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Zojuist ontdekte ik dat het volgende boek behalve dat het gedrukt is uitgebracht, ook als PDF door de Univ. v. Amsterdam op internet is gebracht. Het verscheen in hetzelfde jaar als Rens Bod’s De vergeten wetenschappen. Een geschiedenis van de humaniora [Bert Bakker, 2010 – zie dit blog met in reactie daarop een felle kritiek van Wim Klever]. Rens Bod was ook mederedacteur van

Rens Bod, Jaap Maat, Thijs Weststeijn (Eds.) The Making of the Humanities. Volume 1- Early Modern Europe. Amsterdam University Press, 2010

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2 x Spinoza 

In Deel 1 – The Humanities versus the Sciences
Michiel Leezenberg, “How Comparative Should a Comparative History of the Humanities Be? The Case of the Dutch Spinoza Circle”

Intro: "Michiel Leezenberg argues for a worldwide perspective on the history of the humanities, as is becoming common practice in the historiography of the natural sciences. He illustrates his arguments with a case study of the non-European influence on Spinoza and his circle."

in Deel 6 – Philology and Philosophy
Piet Steenbakkers, “Spinoza in the History of Biblical Scholarship”

Intro: "The essay by Piet Steenbakkers explores the circulation of knowledge with respect to Spinoza’s role as a philologist and his place in the history of biblical scholarship. Spinoza’s interest in the Bible was not strictly philosophical but had strong philological and linguistic penchants, too. Steenbakkers shows how Spinoza played a crucial role in the dramatic decline of the status of the Bible in western civilization."