Vandaag verscheen bij de NPDR de bespreking door Yitzhak Y. Melamed van Susan James’s Spinoza on Philosophy, Religion, and Politics: The Theologico-Political Treatise.
Ik neem hier enige passages over, eerst over Spinoza: “Spinoza's political theory is far bolder, and arguably more sophisticated, than that of Hobbes or Locke.” […] “Strauss turned Spinoza into an Athenian in Jerusalemite garb, and presented him as attempting to employ the masses in the service of the secret elites.” […] “Spinoza clearly has some conservative tendencies (he was strongly averse to any political upheavals), yet other elements in his theory anticipate Marxist and Nietzschean views (such as the identification of right and power, namely, the view of morality as a superstructure grounded in power relations).”
Dan over Susan James’s studie. Hij vindt dat zij goed op de hoogte is van contemporaine auteurs voor haar ‘contekstuele lezing’ van de TTP, maar dat zij er blijk van geeft té weinig kennis van de Bijbel te hebben (hij wijst op enige foutjes).
Maar uiteindelijk vindt hij “Susan James's new book is a fresh and welcome contribution.” […] “I would highly recommend James's book. It is a serious and important work in which the author reads Spinoza's text very closely. It uses early modern and classical texts to contextualize Spinoza's work in a very sensitive manner. It is a thoughtful and illuminating work that should become part of the canon of scholarship on Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise.”