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George Steiner

19 April 1990
Spinoza and Other Heretics. Vol. I: The Marrano of Reason 
by Yirmiyahu Yovel.
Princeton, 244 pp., $24.50, January 1990, 0 691 07344 9
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Spinoza and Other Heretics. Vol. II: The Adventures of Immanence 
by Yirmiyahu Yovel.
Princeton, 225 pp., £29.50, January 1990, 0 691 07346 5
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... the centuries prior to the re-establishment of a national home. In this history, Spinoza plays an especially complex role. Both these motives, the Straussian and the Judaic, are crucial to Professor YirmiyahuYovel’s foundation of an International Spinoza Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and to his two-volume study of Spinoza and Other Heretics. Professor Yovel’s Spinoza is possessed of ...

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David Nirenberg: Who were the Marranos?

23 July 2009
The Other Within The Marranos: Split Identity and Emerging Modernity 
by Yirmiyahu Yovel.
Princeton, 490 pp., £24.95, February 2009, 978 0 691 13571 7
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... what we now call Spain to other Christians who were suspected of being converts from Judaism or descended from converts. The term first appears several generations after 1391, but in The Other Within YirmiyahuYovel uses it to describe a ‘subjectivity’ that he believes emerged with the first converts to Catholicism. According to Yovel, these converts couldn’t commit themselves wholeheartedly to any ...

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