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Libertas philosophandi. Spinoza als gids voor een vrije wereld, centring on the life of Spinoza and the reception of his work in the seventeenth century. More than half of the books in the exhibition, and certainly all of Spinoza’s own works, were printed in Amsterdam. The exhibition will also feature a selection of (engraved) portraits of Spinoza.
The exhibition focusses on the works of Spinoza, those of his friends and foes, partly from the library’s own holdings, although the exhibition also gratefully relies on loans from institutions and private collectors in the Netherlands and abroad. Books printed in Amsterdam will be an important feature in the exhibition: Amsterdam was rightfully regarded as a haven where works could be printed that were prohibited elsewhere. The title of the exhibition, Libertas philosophandi, the freedom to philosophize, expresses one of Spinoza’s profoundest convictions. To him the freedom of thought was boundless, although individual dignity should not be compromised. Spinoza’s radical ideas were vehemently opposed by the theologians of his days. His plea was one for freedom of thought and philosophy (also with regard to religion and its relationship to politics) which could contribute to true democracy, according to him the optimal form of government. Spinoza’s philosophy is still relevant today.