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Son of Spinoza (Hardback)

Georg Brandes and Modern Jewish Cosmopolitanism

P&S History > Humanities > Biography & Memoirs

Imprint: Aarhus University Press
Pages: 288
Illustrations: Illustrations, color
ISBN: 9788772190181
Published: 5th June 2021
Casemate UK Academic



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Son of Spinoza sheds light on the interconnectedness between Jewishness and cosmopolitanism in the oeuvre of the Danish-Jewish intellectual Georg Brandes (1842-1927). Today, the historical tradition of interconnecting these concepts has largely been forgotten, although the construction of a somewhat synonymous relation between them became a key structuring element of modern antisemitism and later Nazi ideology. In this context, Georg Brandes–his writing and practice–stands as a crucial European cosmopolitan archive, due to the great influence he enjoyed throughout the European continent.


Son of Spinoza challenges the presentation of Brandes in previous research as a so-called assimilated Jew who distanced himself from Jewishness, instead recognizing Brandes’ own self-identification as a Spinozist cosmopolitan and his depiction of himself and other modern Jews as ‘sons of Spinoza’.

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