Pre-Kantian Rationalism: Spinoza: Tractatus Theologico-Politicus

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PHI 511 / REL 540
Spring 2021
Daniel Garber
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This course is a close reading of Spinoza's "Tractatus Theologico-Politicus." Topics discussed include the relation between philosophy and theology, the status of revelation and prophesy, Spinoza's account of miracles, the relation between religion and politics, and the freedom of religious practice and expression. We are especially interested in the relation of this text to others of Spinoza's writings, and to the writings of other figures, including Descartes, Hobbes, and Maimonides.