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Spinoza's Political Psychology: The Taming of Fortune and Fear

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2019.05.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Justin Steinberg, Spinoza's Political Psychology: The Taming of Fortune and Fear, Cambridge University Press, 2018, 235pp., $105.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107141308. Reviewed by Michael LeBuffe, University of Otago This ambitious, successful book presents an interpretation of Spinoza's views on politics as they occur, principally, in the Ethics, the Theological-Political Treatise (TTP) and the Political Treatise (TP). Among recent books on Spinoza, Justin Steinberg's is notable for taking as its topic Spinoza's politics in general, rather than some particular work. It is also notable for the breadth of Steinberg's scholarship. Steinberg frequently refers to works that influenced Spinoza; to relevant historical events; to a broad range of scholarship on Spinoza in English and French; and to contemporary philosophy and political theory. This breadth enriches the book's argument and promises to make the work accessible and engaging for many different sorts of readers. Steinberg emphasizes... Read More

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