How long-lost Spinoza manuscript was found hidden in Vatican

The Apostolic Vatican Library may be far from having revealed all its secrets, but two intrepid scholars have recently made an astounding find there; that of the long-lost and secretly hidden manuscript of the Ethics, the magnum opus of 17th-century Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza (pictured), considered to be one of the most important works of one of the most significant figures in Western philosophy. Joseph Canfavreux reports.

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It's a tale with a bestseller plot, reminiscent of Umberto Eco's murder mystery The Name of the Rose. This true story centres on a mysterious manuscript, a major work of Western philiosophy, finally unmasked after being disguised and tucked away in the Vatican archives over centuries, all to a backdrop of religious conflict, philosophical intrigue and the history of the Inquisition. Joseph Confavreux reports.