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Parution : 09/2019
Editeur : Brill
ISBN : 978-9-0043-9694-4
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Naturalism and Democracy

A Commentary on Spinoza's "Political Treatise" in the Context of His System

Sous la direction de Wolfgang Bartuschat, Stephan Kirste, Manfred Walther

Présentation de l'éditeur

Naturalism and Democracy, first published in German in 2014, presents a long-awaited commentary on Spinoza’s Political Treatise (Tractatus politicus). Its contents reflect a recent intensification in the interest in Spinoza’s political philosophy in Germany. The volume addresses Spinoza’s political philosophy according to its place within his philosophical system as a whole, beginning with his theory of the natural genesis of law and state. Following from this are commentaries on the foundations of political philosophy, the relation of natural and state law, the theory of sovereignty, and theory of international relations. These chapters lay the basis for four essays interpreting Spinoza’s attempt to conceive of a systematic optimization of political and legal institutions for all three forms of governance (monarchy, aristocracy, democracy). The volume closes with an analysis of the current relevance of Spinoza’s political thinking and his influence on contemporary debates.



- Spinoza’s Ontology and Epistemology as Background to his Political Theory

By: Wolfgang Bartuschat

- Political Philosophy as Theory of Practice (Chapter 1: Introduction)

By: Stephan Kirste and Manfred Walther

- Natural and State Right, or, Spinoza’s Justification of Practical Reason (TP, Chapter 2)

By: Gunnar Hindrichs

- Spinoza’s Theory of Sovereignty (TP, Chapter 3, §§ 1–10)

By: Oliver W. Lembcke

- Spinoza’s Theory of International Relations (TP, Chapter 3, §§ 11–18)

By: Tilmann Altwicker

- Right and Reason in Spinoza’s Political Philosophy - On the Tasks and Limits of State Authority (TP, Chapter 4)

By: Tobias Herbst

- Theory of the Best State (TP, Chapter 5)

By: Martin Leiner

- Institutional Design to Stabilize the State - Theory of the (Constitutional) Monarchy (TP, Chapters 6 and 7)

By: Manfred Walther

- Theory of the Aristocracy (TP, Chapters 8–10)

By: Wolfgang Bartuschat

- Spinoza’s Theory of Absolute Democracy (TP, Chapters 7/5, 8/1, 11; ttp 16)

By: Rainer Keil

- The Political Treatise in Present Discussion

By: Tilman Reitz

182 pages.  158,00 €

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