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Chapter fourteen of the Tractatus theologico-politicus is dedicated to an examination of the "foundations of faith." No chapter of the treatise by name is dedicated to an examination of the foundations of philosophy; and no chapter of the treatise by name is dedicated to an examination of the foundations of politics. The adjective politicus (political) conspicuously appears in the title of Spinoza's book. But there is no formal or definitive treatment of "politics" or "the political" in the treatise. Though Spinoza offers no formal, separate treatment of "politics" or "the political" per se in the treatise, his account of the political things is contained in his teaching on the foundation, formation, definition, and purpose of a society or a republic. Therefore the political teaching of the treatise is transmitted through Spinoza's accounts of a society, a republic, or the "regime" (imperium).

Keywords: Benedict Spinoza; philosophy; political teaching; politics; Tractatus theologico-politicus



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