Spinoza, "Theological-Political Treatise"

Course Information
TitleΣπινόζα, "Θεολογικο-πολιτική Πραγματεία" / Spinoza, "Theological-Political Treatise"
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorDimitrios Athanasakis
Course ID600014253

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philosophy and Education (2011-today)

Registered students: 92
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6
PhilosophyCompulsory courses beloging to the selected specialisationWinter/Spring-6
PedagogicElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • French (Examination)
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
First published anonymously in Amsterdam in 1670, Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise is one of the most important works in Modern Political Philosophy. In outline the course consists of a study of some major issues in Spinoza’s theological and political thought. This study is divided into two parts: Part I (Theological-Political Treatise, chapters 1-15) - Prophecy and prophets. - Divine law, natural law and miracles. - The interpretation of Scripture. - Faith and its distinction from philosophy. Part II (Theological-Political Treatise, chapters 16-20) - The foundations of the State. - Right, power and freedom of speech. - State and religion.
Spinoza, Philosophy, Theology, Political Theory, State, Religion
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment502
Student Assessment
Final written exam. Dissertation (optional).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
P.-F. Moreau, Σπινόζα. Κράτος και θρησκεία, μτφρ. Φ. Σιατίτσας, επιστ. επιμ. Δ. Αθανασάκης, Αθήνα, Σιδέρης (υπό έκδοση). P.-F. Moreau, Ο Σπινόζα και ο σπινοζισμός, μτφρ. Φ. Σιατίτσας, επιστ. επιμ. Δ. Αθανασάκης, 2η έκδ., Αθήνα, Σιδέρης, 2016 [Κωδ. Ευδόξου: 50658159].
Additional bibliography for study
Αθανασάκης Δ., Κράτος και ελευθερία του λόγου στη Θεολογικο-πολιτική Πραγματεία του Σπινόζα, υπό έκδοση στο τεύχος 7 του περιοδικού δια-ΛΟΓΟΣ. Μπαλιμπάρ Ε., Ο Σπινόζα και η πολιτική, μτφρ. Α. Στυλιανού, 3η έκδ., Αθήνα, Εστία, 2010. Spinoza B., Περί της ελευθερίας της σκέψης σε ένα ελεύθερο κράτος. Πρόλογος και Κεφάλαιο 20 της Θεολογικοπολιτικής Πραγματείας, εισαγωγή Γ. Βώκος, μτφρ. Ε. Βαμπούλης, Α. Στυλιανού, Αθήνα, Άγρα, 2014. Cassuto P., Spinoza hébraïsant. L’hébreu dans le «Tractatus theologico-politicus» et le «Compendium grammatices linguae hebraeae», Paris-Louvain, E. Peeters, 1999. Lagrée J., Spinoza et le débat religieux. Lectures du Traité théologico-politique, Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2004. Matheron A., Études sur Spinoza et les philosophies de l’âge classique, Lyon, ENS Éditions, 2011. Melamed Y. Y., Rosenthal M. A. (eds.), Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise. A Critical Guide, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2010. Moreau P.-F., Spinoza. L’expérience et l’éternité, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1994. Moreau P.-F., Problèmes du spinozisme, Paris, Vrin, 2006. Moreau P.-F., Les principes de la lecture de l’Écriture sainte dans le T.T.P., in L’Écriture sainte au temps de Spinoza et dans le système spinoziste, Groupe de recherches spinozistes, Travaux et documents, 4, Paris, Presses de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 1992, p. 119-131. Moreau P.-F., Ramond C. (dir.), Lectures de Spinoza, Paris, Ellipses, 2006. Spinoza, Œuvres III: Tractatus theologico-politicus/Traité théologico-politique, texte établi par F. Akkerman, traduction et notes par J. Lagrée et P.-F. Moreau, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1999. Studia Spinozana, 1 (1985), «Spinoza’s Philosophy of Society». Studia Spinozana, 11 (1995), «Spinoza’s Philosophy of Religion». The Collected Works of Spinoza, Vol. II, edited and translated by E. Curley, Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 2016. Zac S., Signification et valeur de l’interprétation de l’Écriture chez Spinoza, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1965. Zac S., Philosophie, théologie, politique dans l’œuvre de Spinoza, Paris, Vrin, 1979.
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