Spinoza: Theological-Political Treatise

Spinoza: Theological-Political Treatise

by Jonathan Israel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521824117

ISBN-13: 9780521824118

Pub. Date: 05/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise (1670) is one of the most important philosophical works of the early modern period. In it Spinoza discusses at length the historical circumstances of the composition and transmission of the Bible, demonstrating the fallibility of both its authors and its interpreters. He argues that free enquiry is not only consistent with

Overview

Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise (1670) is one of the most important philosophical works of the early modern period. In it Spinoza discusses at length the historical circumstances of the composition and transmission of the Bible, demonstrating the fallibility of both its authors and its interpreters. He argues that free enquiry is not only consistent with the security and prosperity of a state but actually essential to them, and that such freedom flourishes best in a democratic and republican state in which individuals are left free while religious organizations are subordinated to the secular power. His Treatise has profoundly influenced the subsequent history of political thought, Enlightenment 'clandestine' or radical philosophy, Bible hermeneutics, and textual criticism more generally. It is presented here in a translation of great clarity and accuracy by Michael Silverthorne and Jonathan Israel, with a substantial historical and philosophical introduction by Jonathan Israel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521824118
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2007
Series:
Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.42(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Chronology; Further reading; Note on the text and translation; Theological-Political Treatise; Annotations: Spinoza's supplementary notes to the Theological-Political Treatise.

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