How long-lost Spinoza manuscript was found hidden in Vatican

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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.