William & Mary

Rob Leventhal gives lecture at the Universitaet Potsdam

9222005Rob delivered a lecture on an aspect of his study currently underway on Spinoza and German Romanticism. "In the 1770s and 1780s, and then especially with F.H. Jacobi's publication of Ueber die Lehre des Spinoza in 1785 and Herder's Gott: Einige Gespraeche in 1787, Spinoza's writing became the most controversial and the most celebrated topic of German literature and letters," Leventhal says. "For some, his Deus sive Natura is a radical atheism, for others, it is a powerful new way of conceiving the relation between the human being, the natural world, interpretation, and role of literature."