A Theologico-Political Treatise

A Theologico-Political Treatise : Benedict de Spinoza

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A Theologico-Political Treatise by Benedict de Spinoza also known as the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus R. H. M. Elwes (Translator) Written by the Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza, the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus or Theologico-Political Treatise was one of the most controversial texts of the early modern period. It was a preemptive defense of Spinoza's later work, Ethics, published posthumously in 1677, for which he anticipated harsh criticism. Men would never be superstitious, if they could govern all their circumstances by set rules, or if they were always favoured by fortune: but being frequently driven into straits where rules are useless, and being often kept fluctuating pitiably between hope and fear by the uncertainty of fortune's greedily coveted favours, they are consequently, for the most part, very prone to credulity. The human mind is readily swayed this way or that in times of doubt, especially when hope and fear are struggling for the mastery, though usually it is boastful, over - confident, and vain.
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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 8mm | 362g
  • English
  • 1542937264
  • 9781542937269
  • 1,068,728

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