Theologico-Political Treatise (Barnes & Noble Digital Library) [NOOK Book]

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This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.

Theologico-Political Treatise is the only work of Baruch Spinoza’s original philosophy published during his lifetime.  The work has three purposes: to defend and bolster religious tolerance, to make a plea for freedom of thought and democracy, and to offer a new approach to the study and interpretation of the Bible and to its political uses.  Despite the author’s attempt to disguise ...

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Theologico-Political Treatise (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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Overview



This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.

Theologico-Political Treatise is the only work of Baruch Spinoza’s original philosophy published during his lifetime.  The work has three purposes: to defend and bolster religious tolerance, to make a plea for freedom of thought and democracy, and to offer a new approach to the study and interpretation of the Bible and to its political uses.  Despite the author’s attempt to disguise its origin—it was published in 1670 anonymously and with a false city of publication—the Treatise was quickly attributed to Spinoza and became a sensation.  It was widely vilified, considered an illegal publication, and quickly put under local censorship and suppression.  Nevertheless, unlike other banned books, the Theologico-Political Treatise spread like wildfire all over Europe and numerous copies of it in various European language translations were found in libraries from Britain and all over Europe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411466975
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Digital Library
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,269,201
  • File size: 425 KB

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Baruch Spinoza was excommunicated from the Jewish community of Amsterdam at age twenty-four, and he never joined another religious group but kept a respectful distance, attending religious services of various persuasions.  He was born in Amsterdam to a Portuguese Jewish family who had fled to the Netherlands, escaping the persecutions of the Catholic Inquisition which, in 1497, had forced all the Jews of Portugal to convert to Christianity.  He is best known as the author of Theologico-Political Treatise and Ethics.

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  • Posted July 18, 2014

    Spinoza is an immortal contributor to the Western Heritage. He c

    Spinoza is an immortal contributor to the Western Heritage. He charges humankind to 'know thyself' which to Spinoza means 'know thy world' and 'know thy God'. Spinoza is surrounded, nay, subsumed by the Divine. Before Spinoza God was an inscrutable mystery, residing in an extra-terrestrial realm. After Spinoza we know God as a presence inseparable from the material world, life, and all deed.
    The print is clear, the accessibility made possible by generosity is commendable. Spinoza should be introduced to new generations of seekers and thinkers.

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