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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Spinoza’s exchange with Albert Burgh
Chapter 2 The text of Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus
	1 Genesis
	2 Printing history: the latin text
	3 The early translations
	4 The “annotations to the tractatus theologico-politicus”
	5 Later editions of the latin text
Chapter 3 Spinoza on Ibn Ezra’s “secret of the twelve”
	1 Spinoza’s exposition
	2 Review of spinoza’s exposition
	3 Influences
	4 Spinoza and rabbi joseph ben eliezer
	5 Spinoza and rabbi eleazar ben mattathias
	6 Spinoza and hobbes
	7 Concluding remark
Chapter 4 Reflections of the medieval Jewish–Christian debate in the Theological-Political Treatise and the Epistles
Chapter 5 The early Dutch and German reaction to the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus: foreshadowing the Enlightenment’s more general Spinoza reception?
	1 The early european impact
	2 The early dutch and german responses
	3 Spinoza and the dutch arminians
	4 Van mansvelt’s cartesian reply
	5 The lutheran perspective
	6 The socinian predicament
	7 Conclusion
Chapter 6 G. W. Leibniz’s two readings of the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus
	1 Introduction
	2 The first reading of the ttp
	3 The second reading of the ttp
	4 Leibniz on spinozism, naturalism, and socinianism
	5 Leibniz on spinoza and meyer
	6 Leibniz on spinoza and hobbes
	7 Conclusion
Chapter 7 The metaphysics of the Theological-Political Treatise
	1 Introduction
	2 Metaphysical principles: the principle of sufficient reason and the priority of the infinite
	3 The god of the ttp: god and nature
	4 The god of the ttp: god’s essence is existence
	5 Substance and attributes
	6 The conatus
	7 Conclusion
Chapter 8 Spinoza’s conception of law: metaphysics and ethics
	1 General analysis of law
	2 The natural and the normative
	3 Divine law
	4 Reconciling the two conceptions of divine law
	5 Conclusion
Chapter 9 Getting his hands dirty: Spinoza’s criticism of the rebel
	1 Who’s a rebel?
	2 Hold the sauce
	3 The frying pan
	4 The state, similarity, and point of view
	5 A rebel without internal coherence
	6 The fire
	7 Special sauce after all?
Chapter 10 “Promising” ideas: Hobbes and contract in Spinoza’s political philosophy
	1 Puzzles about hobbes and spinoza on promising and contract
	2 Key doctrines in hobbes and spinoza
	3 Puzzles solved
	4 Conclusion
Chapter 11 Spinoza’s curious defense of toleration
	1 The roads not taken
		1.1 Why toleration must be justified
		1.2 The argument from epistemic humility
		1.3 The argument from pluralism
		1.4 The argument from rights
	2 The prudential, anticlerical basis of spinoza’s tolerationism
		2.1 Spinoza’s anticlerical intolerance
		2.2 Spinoza’s anticlerical toleration
		2.3 Moral legislation as self-defeating
	3 Toleration and the ends of governance
Chapter 12 Miracles, wonder, and the state in Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise
	1 Introduction
	2 Collective action problems in the social contract theory
	3 Spinoza’s critique of wonder
	4 Miracles
	5 The miracle of the will
	6 The origins of human law
	7 Conclusion
Chapter 13 Narrative as the means to freedom: Spinoza on the uses of imagination

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