Synopses & Reviews
A complete translation in English of this modern text, with substantive apparatus to allow the student and serious reader to grapple in a meaningful way with this seminal text. The text includes ample footnotes, Spinozas annotations, an interpretative essay, glossary and other indices.
Focus Philosophical Library translations are close to and are non-interpretative of the original text, with the notes and a glossary intending to provide the reader with some sense of the terms and the concepts as they were understood by Spinozas immediate audience.
This is the paperback edition.
Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise edited by Martin Yaffe (Focus, 480 pp., $24.95) Anyone lacking Latin who is seriously interested in, among other things, the philosophical foundations of liberal democracy, the rise of the historical-critical approach to the Bible, and Leo Strauss owes Martin Yaffe a substantial debt of gratitude for his edition of Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise. Yaffe's edition of the Treatise far surpasses all its competitors in its faithfulness to Spinoza's peculiar manner of writing. It thus provides us fresh access to the late 17th-century work, which is at once "the philosophical founding document of both modern liberal democracy and modern biblical criticism."
Yaffe's excellent interpretive essay helps readers to see why Spinoza regarded his dual foundings--of liberal democracy and of a "critical" way of reading the Bible--as being inextricably linked. As for Yaffe's contribution to the study of Strauss, it consists not only of the way in which he follows Strauss's admonition to translators not to impose their own prejudices on a text, but also the way he keys his text to the Latin editions that Strauss employed in his great essay "How to Study Spinoza's Theologico-Political Treatise."
Yaffe thereby enables Latinless readers to investigate the hundreds of citations to the Treatise that Strauss provides throughout his essay. Because of his seriousness and because of his modesty--he does not confuse himself with a thinker of Spinoza's rank--Yaffe is a most able guide to Spinoza.
-- Steven Lenzner, Weekly Standard
For college level courses in Spinoza, history of philosophy, early modern philosophy, philosophy of religion, and for serious readers of philosophy and the history of philosophy and religion. Or for the general reader looking for an outstanding translatio
A complete English translation of this controversial and provocative criticism of religious intolerance and a defense of secular government. Includes substantive notes, a glossary of terms, various indices, and an interpretive essay.
A complete translation in English of this controversial and provocative modern text, with substantive notes - educating readers to the sources and traditions of the words employed - a glossary of terms, various indices, selected biography, and an interpretive essay.
About the Author
Martin Yaffe is Professor of philosophy in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at the University of North Texas. He has published widely in areas of philosophy and history of philosophy and the interconnectedness of philosophy, religion, Judaism, literature and modern thought.