Spinoza een ‘nieuwe Mozes’?


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Paul J. Bagley: Philosophy, Theology, and Politics. A Reading of Benedict Spinoza’s Tractatus theologico-politicus. Leiden, Boston, Tokyo E.J. Brill Publishers, 2008 (xiv, 254 pp.)
Series: Supplements to The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, 6 – ISBN-13 978 90 04 16485 7

"The interpretation of Spinoza’s theologico-political teaching remains a matter of controversy. Is Spinoza simply addressing contemporary difficulties in The Netherlands of the late 1660s? Or is he attempting to solve a more basic and enduring human problem? In this book, it is argued that against the background of contemporary concerns, Spinoza treats the more fundamental “natural problem” of reconciling those who live by “the dictates of reason” with those who live by “the urgings of the passions.” Based upon his accounts of theology, human nature, and politics, Spinoza fashions a theocratic or “theologico-political solution” to the “natural problem” by holding that the “universal religion” and the democratic liberalism of the treatise share a common purpose. Thus, Spinoza becomes a “new Moses.” [Brill]