Spinoza and Politics

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Etienne Balibar presents a synoptic account of Spinoza’s major works in this revised and augmented English translation of his 1985 classic study of the great political philosopher.

ISBN: 9781844672059 Author: Balibar, Etienne Publisher: Verso Books Publication Date: 14th December 2007 Imprint: Verso Cover: Paperback Dewey: 320.01 (edition:22) Pages: 136 Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

With Hobbes and Locke, Spinoza is arguably one of the most important political philosophers of the modern era, a premier theoretician of democracy and mass politics. In this revised and augmented English translation of his 1985 classic, Spinoza et la Politique, Etienne Balibar presents a synoptic account of Spinoza’s major works, admirably demonstrating relevance to his contemporary political life.

Balibar carefully situates Spinoza’s major treatises in the period in which they were written. In successive chapters, he examines the political situation in the United Provinces during Spinoza’s lifetime, Spinoza’s own religious and ideological associations, the concept of democracy developed in the Theologico-Political Treatise, the theory of the state advanced in the Political Treatise and the anthropological basis for politics established in the Ethics.

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