Author Irvin Yalom
The Spinoza Problem

A new novel by psychiatrist Dr. Irvin Yalom explores the inner workings of two men – the 17th century Irvin Yalom The Spinoza ProblemJewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza, and the major Nazi ideologue Alfred Rosenberg – and imagines the unexpected intersection of their lives

Spinoza changed the course of history by paving the way for the Enlightenment, founding the field of biblical criticism and formulating many ideas highly relevant to the field of psychotherapy.

The novel also explores the personal development and inner life of Alfred Rosenberg, who played a decisive role in the Nazi destruction of European Jews.

Though Spinoza and Rosenberg lived three hundred years apart, Rosenberg and the Nazis had a thorny "Spinoza problem:" many acclaimed German thinkers, among them Goethe, revered the Jew Spinoza. This paradox is at the heart of the new novel.

“This is the most intriguing novel I’ve read in many a year. Irvin Yalom has created a taut, deeply informative page turner. I enthusiastically recommend The Spinoza Problem.” ~  —Sir Anthony Hopkins, actor

Dr. Yalom is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University and the author of several highly acclaimed textbooks, including Existential Psychotherapy and The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy. He is also the author of stories and novels related to psychotherapy, including Love's Executioner, When Nietzsche Wept, Lying on the Couch, Momma and the Meaning of Life, and The Schopenhauer Cure. His latest non-fiction book is Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death.
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