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Spinoza's Political Treatise: A Critical Guide

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2018.12.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Yitzhak Y. Melamed and Hasana Sharp (eds.), Spinoza's Political Treatise: A Critical Guide, Cambridge University Press, 2018, 215pp., $105.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107170582. Reviewed by Wiep van Bunge, Erasmus University Rotterdam Baruch (or Benedict) de Spinoza is best known for two books: the Ethica (E), completed in 1675 but only published in his Opera Posthuma of 1677; and the Tractatus theologico-politicus (TTP), published anonymously in 1670. Although these books are widely held to be masterpieces today, much ink has been spilled over the question of how the two books are related given crucial differences in their style and the topics they address. Whereas the E provides us 'in the manner of geometry' with a metaphysics, a philosophy of mind, and a moral psychology, the TTP offers a philosophical analysis of theology and the foundations of politics. And, where the E provides one with a guide to true. . .

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