History of Early Modern Philosophy

Course Code :2041FLWFIL
Study domain:Philosophy and Ethics
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:1st/2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):280
Contract restrictions: Credit and exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st and/or 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Willem Lemmens
Sonja Lavaert
Gertrudis Van de Vijver

3. Course contents *

Research Seminar Early Modern Philosophy - Research Master, 2019 – 20

Titularissen: Willem Lemmens, Sonja Lavaert, Gertrudis Van de Vijver

Lecture: Spinoza, Theological-Political Treatise

Text edition: The collected works of Spinoza, Vol II, ed. By Edwin Curley, Theological-Political Treatise, pp. 65 – 354. 



Friday, 14.00 – 16.00 // Room: SJ-022, Stadscampus Universiteit Antwerpen

04.10: Piet Steenbakkers, Historical context and genesis of TTP 

Text: Piet Steenbakkers, “The text of Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus” in Yitzak Y. Melamed, Michael A. Rosenthal, Spinoza’s Theological-Political Treatise. Cambridge Critical Guides, 2010, Chapter 2.


18.10: Willem Lemmens, Spinoza on Prophecy, Scripture and the Jewish Religion

Texts: TTP, Ch I – Ch X (selection)


08.11: Herman De Dijn, Spinoza on Superstition and True Religion

Texts: TTP, Preface / Ch XI – Ch XV (about: the function of the Apostles, of the divine law, the practical teachings of the scripture, What is Faith, what is the relation between theology and philosophy)


13.12: Sonja Lavaert, Spinoza on Religion and Politics

Texts: Ch XVI – Ch XX


31.12.20: Sonja Lavaert, The reactions on the TTP between 160 and 166 and the radicalization in the TP