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The Tractatus Theologico-Politicus or Theologico-Political Treatise, written by the Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza, was one of the most controversial texts of. : Tractatus Theologico-Politicus (Gephardt Edition ) Baruch Spinoza A Theologico-Political Treatise: Benedict de Spinoza Paperback. The political works. The tractatus theologico-politicus in part and the tractatus politicus in ct de Spinoza & A. G. Wernham – – Revue.

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Principles of Cartesian Philosophy. They are not principled arguments that depend on rights or the intrinsic value of liberty, much to the frustration of some commentators Feuer ; Curley The tractatus theologico-politicus in part and the tractatus politicus in full.

Philosophy, Theology, and Politics: These passages can be understood as supporting the view that power is not transferred by tractaatus of a speech act, but rather by standing in the psychological thrall of the sovereign.

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In other words, natural right is the liberty to do anything consistent with the natural law ibid. Given that the fundamental aim of the state is peace, the question that Spinoza seeks to address in chapters 6 and 7 of the Political Treatise is how a monarchy is to be organized so as to be maximally peaceful. Among the politically relevant claims that Spinoza makes in the first fifteen chapters of the work is that Scripture does not compete with philosophy as a source of knowledge; nor do the injunctions of Scripture compete with the commands of civil authorities.

Here I want to mention the impact of Dutch Hobbesians on Spinoza. As indicated above, throughout the seventeenth century the United Provinces were riven by disputes concerning, among other things, the political authority of the church. Historical Background In order to situate Spinoza’s political writings, I will provide a brief overview of the theologico-political context of the United Provinces, followed by a sketch of intellectual background to these works.

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But even if the state is an individual, it does not follow that its interests would supersede the interests of its citizens. In this so-called disaster year rampjaar barucch, French troops, under the command of Louis XIV, invaded the United Provinces, capturing a number of Dutch cities Nadler Negri, Antonio,The Savage Anomalyed.


The Philosophical Library Existentialism Collection. It can help to breed an obedient spirit, making people pliable to civil law—in this way religion plays a role in bolstering the state e.

In the Theologico-politlcus Spinoza provides both principled and instrumental arguments in favor of democracy. Even if one can act irrationally without violating nature that does not mean that all of one’s actions have the same normative status. His conception of democracy includes any system of popular governance in which the governing members acquire the right to participate by virtue of their civil status rather than by election.

At the center, once again, were two theologians: In the second place, state sovereignty is never really absolute.

In the philosophy of Spinoza the term “power” as should be clear theologiico-politicus his moral philosophy means a great deal more than physical force. Spinoza agreed with Thomas Hobbes that if each man had to fend for himself, with nothing but his own right arm to rely upon, then the life of man would be “nasty, brutish, and short”.

Spinoza’s Political Philosophy

Whereas the goal of theology is obedience, philosophy aims at understanding rational truth. But this too can be reconciled theologico-polificus Spinoza’s naturalism, provided that we understand that the power or authority of clerics devolves upon them tradtatus the power or authority of the sovereign.

Later enlightenment thinkers reprise Spinoza’s claim that whereas the freedoms of thought and expression should be protected, one ought to obey the sovereign’s decisions on matters of action TTP 20, — 2. The books of Scripture are written for an unsophisticated, uneducated audience and convey information in a way that is suited to such an audience, in the form of fantastical accounts and parables that appeal to the imagination rather than the intellect. Sovereignty is the product of psychological spinooza rather than the formal transference of rights or titles.


He reinterpreted the belief that there were such things as prophecy, miracles, or supernatural occurrences. In —when Spinoza was only eight years old—da Costa, who had denied the immortality of the soul and challenged the status of the Torah as divine revelation, took his own life.

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Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! Arcana Coelestia, Barjch 3. Bayle, Locke, and Toland, for instance, were familiar with Spinoza’s defense and likely found some inspiration theologicp-politicus it, even while they denied deep acquaintance Locke or situated themselves as critics Bayle and Toland.

These elitist and exclusionary aspects of Spinoza’s democracy taint what would otherwise appear to be a rather progressive form of democracy, from as much as we can glean from remarks scattered throughout the text. Theologico-Political Treatise – Part 2. First of all, it seems unlikely that such a contract could ever have been formed, since the legitimating strength of a social contract seems to depend on the farsighted rationality of humans, and yet Spinoza clearly thinks that the majority of men are not generally rational see Den Uyl Yet that is not really so.

This interpretation has been challenged in a number of ways. Consequently, Koerbagh was tried and sentenced on charges of blasphemy. Next, the argument shifts from considering what the sovereign can do to what it would be practical or prudent for a sovereign to do.

Basic Features of Spinoza’s Political Philosophy 2. He also gave one final, crucial reason for the continued Jewish presence, which in his view, was by itself sufficient to maintain the survival of the nation forever: Republics, they argued, tractats be marked by greater checks against self-interested legislation than monarchies see Blom