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Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine, is author of When Nietzsche Wept(winner of the 1993 Commonwealth Club gold medal for fiction), Loves Executioner, Every Day Gets a Little Closer(with Ginny Elkin)and classic textbooks Inpatient Group Psychotherapy and Existential Psychotherapy.
Psychotherapist   •   Writer   •   Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry

A New Book by Dr. Yalom The Spinoza Problem

More about The Spinoza Problem

A new novel exploring the inner life of Spinoza - a man who changed the course of history by paving the way for the Enlightenment, who founded the field of biblical criticism, and who formulated many ideas highly relevant to the field of psychotherapy.

A second plot explores the personal development and inner life of Alfred Rosenberg, the major Nazi ideologue, who played a decisive role in the Nazi destruction of European Jews. Though Spinoza and Rosenberg lived three hundred years apart, Rosenberg and the Nazis had a thorny "Spinoza problem": many revered German thinkers, among them Goethe, revered the Jew Spinoza. This paradox is at the heart of my new novel.

Praise for The Spinoza Problem:

“This is the most intriguing novel I’ve read in many a year. Irvin Yalom has created a taut, deeply informative page turner. I enthusiastically recommend ‘The Spinoza Problem.’”

 Sir Anthony Hopkins, actor

“Irvin Yalom is the most significant writer of psychological fiction in the world today. I didn’t think he could top ‘When Nietzsche Wept’ or ‘The Schopenhauer Cure,’ but he has. ‘The Spinoza Problem’ is a masterpiece.”

  Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Flourish,
past president American Psychological Association

Philisophicl Practice Review of The Spinoza Problem

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About Irvin D. Yalom

Dr. Yalom is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University and the author of several highly acclaimed textbooks, including Existential Psychotherapy and The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy. He is also the author of stories and novels related to psychotherapy, including Love's Executioner, When Nietzsche Wept, Lying on the Couch, Momma and the Meaning of Life, and The Schopenhauer Cure. His latest non-fiction book is Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death.