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Spinoza on Philosophy, Religion, and Politics: The Theologico-Political Treatise

Susan James


Susan James offers an interpretation of a work that is itself about interpretation Spinoza's Theologico‐Political Treatise. By setting the Treatise in its seventeenth‐century Dutch context, and identifying the wide range of philosophical, theological, hermeneutic, historical, and political debates to which Spinoza was responding, she elucidates the character of his argument and the ends it was designed to achieve. Although the Treatise engages with many opponents, the most central because most powerful were the conservative theologians of the Dutch Reformed Church and their political allies, w ... More

Keywords: Spinoza, philosophy, religion, politics, hermeneutics, Theologico‐Political Treatise, Ethics, freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199698127
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698127.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan James, author
Birkbeck College London