Theological-Political Treatise (Hackett Classics) Second Edition,2 Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0872206076
ISBN-10: 0872206076
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Samuel Shirley is undoubtedly the most significant translator of Spinoza’s writings into English. --Douglas Den Uyl, Bellarmine College

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hackett Classics
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; Second Edition,2 edition (November 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872206076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872206076
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
Spinoza's notes contain discussions of the meaning of some Hebrew words. If this will be of any importance to you, then forget this edition. Almost every word of Hebrew is butchered beyond recognition by typesetting errors. In some of these words, not a single character of the Hebrew is correct.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 5, 2008
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This is a wonderful translation of one of Benedict De Spinoza's most important works. Here he explains in great detail not only the Biblical exegesis for which he was excommunicated, but also expounds with great richness and unique insight on political systems. A seminal work in the history of thought, providing marvelous insight into one of the great minds in human history. A very good introduction goes thoroughly into the discrepancies between what he published and what he might truly have thought.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mordechay ben Gershon on January 3, 2007
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Spinoza's monumental treatise on God, the Bible and the Society is one of the founderstones of modern thought, and does not need any new reviews. Many ideas expressed in the book can serve as models for standpoints also today in the intellectual debate about matters of religious freedom, critical analysis of texts and ideas, and political theory. The English translation in the Gebhardt Edition is clear and easily understood, and the book can be read without feeling the three centuries that have passed since the original was published in Latin. In the context of a new emerging wave of religious fundamentalism on one hand, and post-modernist denials of the importance of Reason on the other, the book is as important as ever to the intellectual heritage of modern Society.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Roberto P. De Ferraz on April 30, 2003
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The life of Benedict Spinoza is unique in itself and is the coherent background to everything he wrote, which contradisdicted his family origin. First of all, his name was not originally Benedict but Baruch, which is Hebrew for Benedict("the blessed one").
Second, he was the son of a well-to-do Spanish or Portuguese family who had to imigrate to the then United States of the Netherlands to escape the persecution of the Catholic Holy Inquisition, which was at its heyday in Spain and Portugal. It was in the famous tradition of Holland's liberal thinking that he grew up and began his philosophical studies, which were latter to be the foudation for great philosophers like Hegel. Third, as soon as he could, he abrogated the Jewish religion and his Jewish origins and was then anathemized ever since by the Jewish community and by his own family, to the point of being barred to share his fathers' inheritance. He appealed to court, won the case, and voluntarily did not take possession of the money. Fourth, in the tradition of a few great philosophers (Rousseau among them), he disdained all the luxuries and prestige his intellect could bring him and prefered to work as a shoemaker , devoting much of his time to his philosophical thinking, particularly targeted to some tenets of the Jewish and Catholic religions. Sure, there is many more to tell from this unique philosopher, but the reader can be sure that this is the very appeal of the book and is mirrored all the time in his reflexions. His lack of a superior knowledge of Latin, the language in which the text was originally written in the very tradition of the time, allows the reader an easy understanding of the content Spinoza tries to convey, whithout in any way jeopardizing the strenght of the philosopher's arguments.
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