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Heretics!: The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy

by Steven Nadler and Ben Nadler Princeton University Press
Pub Date:
04/2017
ISBN:
9780691168692
Format:
Pbk 192 pages
Price:
AU$58.99 NZ$60.86
Product Status: In Stock Now
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This entertaining and enlightening graphic narrative tells the exciting story of the seventeenth-century thinkers who challenged authority - sometimes risking excommunication, prison, and even death - to lay the foundations of modern philosophy and science and help usher in a new world. With masterful storytelling and color illustrations, Heretics! offers a unique introduction to the birth of modern thought in comics form - smart, charming, and often funny.


 


These contentious and controversial philosophers - from Galileo and Descartes to Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, and Newton - fundamentally changed the way we look at the world, society, and ourselves, overturning everything from the idea that the Earth is the center of the cosmos to the notion that kings have a divine right to rule. More devoted to reason than to faith, these thinkers defended scandalous new views of nature, religion, politics, knowledge, and the human mind.


 


Heretics! tells the story of their ideas, lives, and times in a vivid new way. Crisscrossing Europe as it follows them in their travels and exiles, the narrative describes their meetings and clashes with each other - as well as their confrontations with religious and royal authority. It recounts key moments in the history of modern philosophy, including the burning of Giordano Bruno for heresy, Galileo's house arrest for defending Copernicanism, Descartes's proclaiming cogito ergo sum, Hobbes's vision of the "nasty and brutish" state of nature, and Spinoza's shocking Theological-Political Treatise.


 


A brilliant account of one of the most brilliant periods in philosophy, Heretics! is the story of how a group of brave thinkers used reason and evidence to triumph over the authority of religion, royalty, and antiquity.
"With its engaging, playful graphics, Heretics! combines narrative immediacy, intimacy, and warmth, reminding us that philosophy and history are alive, and bringing abstract and complex ideas back down to earth - faithfully, concisely, and wittily."


- Ivan Brunetti, author of Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice


 


"The revolutionary beginnings of modern thought are brought vividly and amusingly to life in this masterful and entertaining book."


--Anthony Gottlieb, author of The Dream of Enlightenment


 


"Heretics! is a triumph of modern comic art. It will be widely read by those of any age seeking a way into the vast and many-sided transition to modern thought and life."


--Paul Buhle, coeditor of Wobblies!: A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World


 


"Leading historian of philosophy Steven Nadler and gifted artist Ben Nadler have created a wonderful book."


--Eric Schliesser, author of Sympathy: A History


 


"Heretics! is very charming, with a zippy, whimsical text and attractive illustrations."--Daniel Garber, editor of The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy
Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy and Evjue-Bascom Professor in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His books include Spinoza: A Life, which won the Koret Jewish Book Award, and Rembrandt's Jews, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Madison.


 


Ben Nadler, an illustrator, received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Chicago.