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The Tractatus theologico-politicus does not contain a single chapter that addresses philosophy exclusively. Whereas the title of chapter fourteen of the treatise indicates that the chapter will define "the foundations of faith" (fidei fundamenta) and the title of chapter sixteen of the treatise indicates that the chapter will define "the foundations of a Republic" (de Reipublicae fundamentis), there is no title of any chapter in the treatise which suggests that the principal purpose of it is to define "the foundations of philosophy." Spinoza's treatise is a book written for readers who might be or could be disposed to philosophy. But it also is a book written for philosophical readers that can be read and will be read by many people who are not disposed to philosophy, who may reject philosophy out of hand, or who already may be convinced that philosophy indeed is detrimental to piety and public peace.

Keywords: philosophical readers; philosophy; Spinoza's treatise; Tractatus theologico-politicus



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