Knowing the Essence of the State in Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus

European Journal of Philosophy 20 (1):50-73 (2012)
This paper argues that Spinoza's main political writings are concerned, in part, with knowledge of essences as detailed in the Ethics. It is further argued that knowledge of the essences of states, and essential properties that belong to states, may be an example of the elusive scientia intuitiva or third kind of knowledge. The paper concludes by considering Spinoza's goals in his political writings and the importance of metaphysics and the theory of knowledge more broadly for early modern political philosophers
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0378.2012.00512.x
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 15,904
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Don Garrett (2002). Spinoza's Conatus Argument. In Olli Koistinen & J. I. Biro (eds.), Spinoza: Metaphysical Themes. Oxford University Press 127--58.

View all 7 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Justin Steinberg (2009). Spinoza on Civil Liberation. Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (1):pp. 35-58.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

21 ( #135,014 of 1,725,558 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

7 ( #93,199 of 1,725,558 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.