Theologico-Political Treatise — Part 4
Benedictus de Spinoza
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This covers all parts of the treatise. This is essential reading for all who would understand the modern world.
It is pure genius. The treatise is a naural extention of Maimonides' M. Yorah and Guide for the Perplexed. Guide is on the internet translated from Judeo-Arabic. Maimonides' views are extentions of Akiba, best presented in the Commentaries of Nachmonides. However, one need not read any of this to see the stuff of Spinoza. "Rights" come out of power, not any abstration such as men created equal. Spinoza's view is that of the adult, not the child.
For those turned off by the logic of "Ethics" Spinoza's treatise is clear-cut.