Philosophy, Theology, and Politics: A Reading of Benedict Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-politicus

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BRILL, 2008 - Philosophy - 252 pages
The interpretation of Spinozaa (TM)s theologico-political teaching remains a matter of controversy. Is Spinoza simply addressing contemporary difficulties in The Netherlands of the late 1660s? Or is he attempting to solve a more basic and enduring human problem? In this book, it is argued that against the background of contemporary concerns, Spinoza treats the more fundamental a oenatural problema of reconciling those who live by a oethe dictates of reasona with those who live by a oethe urgings of the passions.a Based upon his accounts of theology, human nature, and politics, Spinoza fashions a theocratic or a oetheologico-political solutiona to the a oenatural problema by holding that the a oeuniversal religiona and the democratic liberalism of the treatise share a common purpose. Thus, Spinoza becomes a a oenew Moses.a

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Part One Philosophy
Part Two Theology
Part Three Politics
Part Four Philosophy Theology and Politics

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Paul J. Bagley, Ph.D. (1990) in Philosophy, Trinity College, Dublin, is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola College in Maryland. He has published on Spinoza, Descartes, and Esotericism. He currently is writing a monograph on Machiavelli, Bacon, and Descartes.

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