Inutilis scientia Spinozana [12] Dagobert D. Runes, propagandist van Spinoza

Over publicaties van Dagobert D. Runes had ik eerder blogs over zijn:

Spinoza Dictionary, [1951] en Baruch Spinoza, How to Improve Your Mind [With notes by Dagobert D. Runes [1956, cf.]

Baruch Spinoza, Letters to Friend and Foe [Ed. & Intr.  Philosophical Library, New York, 1966 cf.]  

Daar dit boek op ebay wordt aangeboden, kan ik hier de cover laten zien van

Dagobert D. Runes, Spinoza. The Road to Inner Freedom. The Ethics. (Translation by R. H. M. Elwes). New York: Philosophical Library, 1957 - Een fraaie titel wel.


Dagobert D. Runes (1902-1982)

Deze in Zastavna, toen in 't Oostenrijks-Hongaarse koningkrijk nu in Oekraïne liggend, geboren jood werd in 1924 in Wenen doctor in de filosofie. In 1926 emigreerde hij naar de VS van Amerika. Van 1931 tot 1934 was hij directeur van het Institute for Advanced Education in New York City. In 1941 richtte hij een kleine uitgeverij op, Philosophical Library, waarin hij de grote werken van grote Europese intellectuelen die hij bewonderde of met wie hij bevriend was, ging uitgeven.

Zo bracht hij o.a. deze boeken van en over Spinoza op de markt. Hij was bevriend met Albert Einstein.

[Cf. wikipedia - foto van hier

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Aanvulling 23 juli 2014

It seems that after he emigrated to the United States in 1933 Einstein kept a particular affinity for German language and culture. In New York he made contact with other German-speaking refugees and immigrants, among them a Romanian-born philosopher called Dr Dagobert D. Runes. Like Einstein, Runes was a humanist, a civil rights activist and an admirer of Baruch Spinoza. The two become close friends. Runes knew almost everyone in émigré circles, and hit on the idea of publishing books by the brilliant European exiles he knew. In 1941 he launched The Philosophical Library to do just that. Apart from Out of My Later Years (1950), the seven books by Einstein that he published included several collections of letters, one of which is a book of Einstein’s correspondence with his translator discussing how best to translate various passages of Einstein’s work. The value of this to anyone trying to clarify Einstein’s meaning on different points is obvious. Then when Runes himself edited a Spinoza Dictionary, Einstein wrote the foreword.

The Philosophical Library continues today, still based in New York City but now under the direction of Dagobert Runes’ daughter Regeen, who remembers playing ‘hide-and-go-seek’ with Einstein when she was a small child. Over the seventy years of its existence the company has published more than 2,000 titles, mainly on philosophy, psychology, history and religion. [...] its catalogue is charmingly eclectic, but includes works by 22 Nobel Prize winners. Apart from Einstein’s books its best-known publications include Tears and Laughter by Kahlil Gibran, Classical Mathematics by Max Planck, the English edition of Jean-Paul Sartre’s Being and Nothingness, and works by Karl Barth, Martin Buber, Bergson, Dewey, Simone de Beauvoir, Jaspers, Royce and many others. [Van Philosophy Now of langs deze link]
Spinoza valt dus onder die "many others".

Aanvulling 10 april 2016

Al is de afbeelding onscherp, we krijgen toch een indruk van de cover van

Baruch Spinoza, The Book of God, ed. and with an introduction by Dagobert D. Runes, based on transl. of A. Wolf . New York: Philosophical Library, 1958 - 121 p.

 [van ebay]