David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
European Journal of Philosophy 20 (1):91-108 (2012)
One of the aims of Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus is to vindicate the view that philosophy and theology are separate forms of enquiry, neither of which has any authority over the other. However, many commentators have objected that this aspect of his project fails. Despite his protestations to the contrary, Spinoza implicitly gives epistemological precedence to philosophy. I argue that this objection misunderstands the nature of Spinoza's position and wrongly charges him with inconsistency. To show how he can coherently allow both that theology and philosophy employ independent epistemological standards, and that philosophy is epistemologically superior to theology, we need to step back from the immediate disputes to which the Tractatus is a response and examine a Ciceronian distinction on which Spinoza indirectly draws. As well as enabling us to vindicate Spinoza's position, it places his alleged naturalism in a new light and portrays philosophizing as a form of piety
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
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
Stuart Hampshire (2005). Spinoza and Spinozism. Clarendon Press.
Jonathan I. Israel (2001). Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity, 1650-1750. Oxford University Press.
W. N. A. Klever (1991). A New Source of Spinozism: Franciscus Van den Enden. Journal of the History of Philosophy 29 (4):613-631.
Stephen Philip Menn (1998). Descartes and Augustine. Cambridge University Press.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Paul J. Bagley (2008). Philosophy, Theology, and Politics: A Reading of Benedict Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus. Brill.
George Louis Kline (1952/1981). Spinoza in Soviet Philosophy: A Series of Essays, Selected and Translated, and with an Introduction. Hyperion Press.
Frank Lucash (2001). Revelation in Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise. Philosophy and Theology 13 (1):73-92.
Yitzhak Y. Melamed & Michael A. Rosenthal (eds.) (2010). Spinoza's 'Theological-Political Treatise': A Critical Guide. Cambridge University Press.
Heidi M. Ravven (1989). Notes on Spinoza's Critique of Aristotle's Ethics. Philosophy and Theology 4 (1):3-32.
Charles Huenemann (2004). Spinoza and Prime Matter. Journal of the History of Philosophy 42 (1):21-32.
C. M. Lorkowski (2009). The Miracle of Moses. Heythrop Journal 50 (2):181-188.
Lance Byron Richey (1993). Spinoza Contra Curie. Philosophy and Theology 7 (3):323-331.
Piet Steenbakkers (2010). The Text of Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus. In Yitzhak Y. Melamed & Michael A. Rosenthal (eds.), Spinoza's 'Theological-Political Treatise': A Critical Guide. Cambridge University Press. 29.
Susan James (2011). Creating Rational Understanding: Spinoza as a Social Epistemologist. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 85 (1):181-199.
Philippe Cassuto (1998). Spinoza Et les Commentateurs Juifs: Commentaire Biblique au Premier Chapitre Du Tractatus Theologico-Politicus De Spinoza. Publications De l'Université De Provence.
Colin Marshall (2012). Spinoza on Destroying Passions with Reason. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 85 (1):139-160.
Gideon Segal (2000). Beyond Subjectivity: Spinoza's Cognitivism of the Emotions. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 8 (1):1 – 19.
Added to index2012-02-28
Total downloads22 ( #92,815 of 1,692,984 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #78,896 of 1,692,984 )
How can I increase my downloads?