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International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées

Heterodoxy, Spinozism, and Free Thought in Early-Eighteenth-Century Europe

Studies on the Traité des Trois Imposteurs

Editors: Berti, Silvia, Charles-Daubert, Françoise, Popkin, R.H. (Eds.)

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'the oldest biography of Spinoza', La Vie de Mr. Spinosa, which in the manuscript copies is often followed by L'Esprit de M. Spinosa. Margaret Jacob, in her Radical Enlightenment, contended that the Traite was written by a radical group of Freemasons in The Hague in the early eighteenth century. Silvia Berti has offered evidence it was written by Jan Vroesen. Various discussions in the early eighteenth century consider many possi­ ble authors from the Renaissance onwards to whom the work might be attributed. The Trois imposteurs has attracted quite a bit of recent attention as one of the most significant irreligious clandestine writings available in the Enlightenment, which is most important for understanding the develop­ ment of religious scepticism, radical deism, and even atheism in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Scholars for the last couple of decades have been trying to assess when the work was actually written or compiled and by whom. In view of the widespread distribution of manu­ scripts of the work all over Europe, they have also been seeking to find out who was influenced by the work, and what it represented for its time. Hitherto unknown manuscripts are being turned up in public and private libraries all over Europe and the United States.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • L’Esprit de Spinosa : ses origines et sa première édition dans leur contexte spinozien

    Pages 3-51

    Berti, Silvia

  • Une Histoire interminable: origines et développement du Traité des trois imposteurs

    Pages 53-74

    Benítez, Miguel

  • History and structure of our Traité des trois imposteurs

    Pages 75-129

    Schwarzbach, Bertram Eugene (et al.)

  • L’Esprit de Spinosa et les Traités des trois imposteurs: rappel des différentes familles et de leurs principales caractéristiques

    Pages 131-189

    Charles-Daubert, Françoise

  • Freethinking in early eighteenth-century Protestant Germany: Peter Friedrich Arpe and the Traité des trois imposteurs

    Pages 193-239

    Mulsow, Martin

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Heterodoxy, Spinozism, and Free Thought in Early-Eighteenth-Century Europe
Book Subtitle
Studies on the Traité des Trois Imposteurs
Editors
  • Silvia Berti
  • Françoise Charles-Daubert
  • R.H. Popkin
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
148
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-8735-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-8735-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-4192-5
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-4741-0
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 532
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