A Theologico-Political Treatise and a Political Treatise

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Benedict de Spinoza, a Jewish-Dutch philosopher, laid the foundation for the Enlightenment movement of the 18th century in Europe and is regarded as one of the great rationalists of 17th century philosophy. Presented here are "A Theologico-Political Treatise" and "A Political Treatise," two works that precede Spinoza's most famous work "Ethics." In "A Theologico-Political Treatise" Spinoza argues for the separation of theology and philosophy insisting that whereas the goal of theology is obedience, philosophy aims at ...