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Cambridge Critical Guides : Spinoza's 'Theological-Political Treatise': A Critical Guide - Yitzhak Y. Melamed

Cambridge Critical Guides

Spinoza's 'Theological-Political Treatise': A Critical Guide

By: Yitzhak Y. Melamed (Editor), Michael A. Rosenthal (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2011
ISBN: 9780521882293
Number Of Pages: 310

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Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise was published anonymously in 1670 and immediately provoked huge debate. Its main goal was to claim that the freedom of philosophizing can be allowed in a free republic and that it cannot be abolished without also destroying the peace and piety of that republic. Spinoza criticizes the traditional claims of revelation and offers a social contract theory in which he praises democracy as the most natural form of government. This new Critical Guide presents new essays by well-known scholars in the field and covers a broad range of topics, including the political theory and the metaphysics of the work, religious toleration, the reception of the text by other early modern philosophers, and the relation of the text to Jewish thought. It offers valuable new perspectives on this important and influential work.

"...Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise: A Critical Guide is a delightful book, an impressive demonstration of erudition and scholarship. The presentation is clear and forthright." --George Lazaroiu, PhD, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, New York

List of contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
List of abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Spinoza's exchange with Albert Burghp. 11
The text of Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicusp. 29
Spinoza on Ibn Ezra's "secret of the twelve"p. 41
Reflections of the medieval Jewish-Christian debate in the Theological-Political Treatise and the Epistlesp. 56
The early Dutch and German reaction to the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus: foreshadowing the Enlightenment's more general Spinoza reception?p. 72
G. W. Leibniz's two readings of the Tractatus Theologico-Politicusp. 101
The metaphysics of the Theological-Political Treatisep. 128
Spinoza's conception of law: metaphysics and ethicsp. 143
Getting his hands dirty: Spinoza's criticism of the rebelp. 168
"Promising" ideas: Hobbes and contract in Spinoza's political philosophyp. 192
Spinoza's curious defense of tolerationp. 210
Miracles, wonder, and the state in Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatisep. 231
Narrative as the means to Freedom: Spinoza on the uses of imaginationp. 250
Bibliographyp. 268
Indexp. 286
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ISBN: 9780521882293
ISBN-10: 052188229X
Series: Cambridge Critical Guides
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 1st January 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.9  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.63