A complete translation in English of this modern text, with substantive apparatus to allow the student and serious reader to grapple in a meaningful way with this seminal text. The text includes ample footnotes, Spinoza’s annotations, an interpretative essay, glossary and other indices.
Focus Philosophical Library translations are close to and are non-interpretative of the original text, with the notes and a glossary intending to provide the reader with some sense of the terms and the concepts as they were understood by Spinoza’s immediate audience.
This is the hardcover edition.
"(Professor Yaffe's) learned study of the treatise and his interpretations of its significance are simply among the most intelligent studies that one may find -- his devotion to researching the teachings of the treatise has encouraged the production of this new English translation of it which is unique and comprehensive... and is valuable to every reader of Spinoza at every level of ability. Indeed, I have every confidence that his translated edition of the treatise, together with the outstanding scholarly critical apparatus that it employs, will be acknowledged universally as the best English translation and edition of the work available..." -- Paul J Bagley, President, North American Spinoza Society. Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise edited by Martin Yaffe (Focus, 480 pp., $24.95) Anyone lacking Latin who is seriously interested in, among other things, the philosophical foundations of liberal democracy, the rise of the historical-critical approach to the Bible, and Leo Strauss owes Martin Yaffe a substantial debt of gratitude for his edition of Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise. Yaffe's edition of the Treatise far surpasses all its competitors in its faithfulness to Spinoza's peculiar manner of writing. It thus provides us fresh access to the late 17th-century work, which is at once "the philosophical founding document of both modern liberal democracy and modern biblical criticism." Yaffe's excellent interpretive essay helps readers to see why Spinoza regarded his dual foundings--of liberal democracy and of a "critical" way of reading the Bible--as being inextricably linked. As for Yaffe's contribution to the study of Strauss, it consists not only of the way in which he follows Strauss's admonition to translators not to impose their own prejudices on a text, but also the way he keys his text to the Latin editions that Strauss employed in his great essay "How to Study Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise." Yaffe thereby enables Latinless readers to investigate the hundreds of citations to the Treatise that Strauss provides throughout his essay. Because of his seriousness and because of his modesty--he does not confuse himself with a thinker of Spinoza's rank--Yaffe is a most able guide to Spinoza. -- Steven Lenzner, Weekly Standard
Series: The Focus Philosophical Library
Number Of Pages: 458
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Focus Publishing/R Pullins & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 17.78
Weight (kg): 0.79