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A Theologico-Political Treatise

Benedict de Spinoza

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Genres:

Philosophy

Description:

Written by the Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza, the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus or Theologico-Political Treatise was one of the most controversial texts of the early modern period. It was a preemptive defense of Spinoza's later work, Ethics, published posthumously in 1677, for which he anticipated harsh criticism. In the treatise, Spinoza put forth his most systematic critique of Judaism, and all organized religion in general. Spinoza argued that theology and philosophy must be kept separate, particularly in the reading of scripture. Whereas the goal of theology is obedience, philosophy aims at understanding rational truth. Scripture does not teach philosophy and thus cannot be made to conform with it, otherwise the meaning of scripture will be distorted. Conversely, if reason is made subservient to scripture, then, Spinoza argues, "the prejudices of a common people of long ago... will gain a hold on his understanding and darken it." He reinterpreted the belief that there were such things as prophecy, miracles, or supernatural occurrences. He argued that God acts solely by the laws of "his own nature". He rejected the view that God had a particular end game or purpose to advance in the course of events; to Spinoza, those who believed so were only creating a delusion for themselves out of fear. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

9h 59m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Introduction
Introduction

21:52


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

34:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

39:19


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

36:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

29:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

29:44


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

39:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

22:57


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

28:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

30:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

23:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

21:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:09


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

29:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

26:00


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

26:08


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

19:57