The Common Structure of Religion, Philosophy and Politics in Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus

Animus 12:39-57 (2008)

Eli Diamond
Dalhousie University
In his Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, Spinoza seeks to separate religion from philosophy and from politics. Yet the true metaphysical understanding of God remains relevant to a proper grasp of the state for Spinoza. Through identifying a common logical structure underlying Spinoza’s conception of God and the two subjects of the TTP - the relation of faith and reason, and the origin of the state and its relation to individual citizens – the paper attempts to demonstrate that Spinoza’s argument for the autonomy of secular reason and the secular state in the TTP is inseparable from his metaphysical theology.
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