Spinoza een 'nieuwe Mozes'?

Vorig jaar verscheen het volgende boek over de TTP. Dit wordt geen bespreking. Je moet er van uitgever Brill €100 voor neertellen. Ik laat het dus aan mij voorbijgaan en signaleer het hier alleen maar.

Paul J. Bagley: Philosophy, Theology, and Politics. A Reading of Benedict Spinoza’s Tractatus theologico-politicus. Leiden, Boston, Tokyo E.J. Brill Publishers, 2008 (xiv, 254 pp.)
Series: Supplements to The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, 6 - ISBN-13 978 90 04 16485 7

"The interpretation of Spinoza’s theologico-political teaching remains a matter of controversy. Is Spinoza simply addressing contemporary difficulties in The Netherlands of the late 1660s? Or is he attempting to solve a more basic and enduring human problem? In this book, it is argued that against the background of contemporary concerns, Spinoza treats the more fundamental “natural problem” of reconciling those who live by “the dictates of reason” with those who live by “the urgings of the passions.” Based upon his accounts of theology, human nature, and politics, Spinoza fashions a theocratic or “theologico-political solution” to the “natural problem” by holding that the “universal religion” and the democratic liberalism of the treatise share a common purpose. Thus, Spinoza becomes a “new Moses.” [Brill]

Elders: Spinoza's theocratic solution makes him a "new Moses" 

Spinoza een 'nieuwe Mozes'? Volgens de inhoudsopgave wordt 'de vondst' in de epiloog gebracht - zonder aanhalingstekens...

Part One Philosophy
Part Two Theology
Part Three Politics
Part Four Philosophy, Theology, and Politics
Epilogue Spinoza: The New Moses
Selected Bibliography
Index of Names

Paul J. Bagley, Ph.D. (1990) in Philosophy, Trinity College, Dublin, is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola College in Maryland. He has published on Spinoza, Descartes, and Esotericism. He currently is writing a monograph on Machiavelli, Bacon, and Descartes. [zie ook]

Paul J. Bagley is de huidige of was voormalig President North American Spinoza Society (waarvan de website nu al maanden lang offline is).

Wie zich realiseert welke bemiddelende (en manipulerende) rol in Spinoza's benadering Mozes als staatsvormer en religieus leider voor de joden vervulde, vraagt zich af of het deel van Spinoza's geest dat eeuwig is zich in deze toespeling zou herkennen.
Na de 'nieuwe Christus' en nu de 'nieuwe Mozes'... is het wachten op de 'nieuwe Mohammed'. Hoe negatief Spinoza zich ook uitliet over Mahomet: je weet het maar nooit.
Zo krijgen we de moderne variant van de "Drie bedriegers" wel rond...

Van 11 maart tot eind april a.s. organiseren de Jewish Public Library & de Shaare Zion Congregation in Montreal: Legacy for Learning Series "Between Cross and Crescent: Jewish Civilization from Mohammed to Spinoza"
Wie weet wat daar op dit vlak nog uitkomt.

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VoorkantPaul J. Bagley (Ed.), Piety, Peace, and the Freedom to Philosophize. Springer, 1999

The 11 essays collected here have been composed by members of the North American Spinoza Society. They exhibit the fruits of the research, investigation and erudition of an array of established scholars and newer students whose interpretations of Spinoza's philosophical doctrines are receiving critical acclaim. This is the first collection in the English language dedicated exclusively to topics, problems or questions raised by the teachings found in Baruch Spinoza's Tractatus theologico-politicus. Divided into the themes of piety, peace, and the freedom to philosophize, the essays treat Spinoza's views on faith and philosophy, miracles, the light of Scripture, political power, religion, the state, the body politic, the idea of tolerance, and philosophic communication, as well as his connections to Walter Benjamin, Blaise Pascal, David Hume, and his Jewish heritage. Readership: An excellent collection for students and scholars studying Spinoza, the history of early modern philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of religion, and those concerned with theologico-political questions. [books.google]