New Book on Spinoza’s TTP

U of West Sydney has an announcement up for Susan James’s Spinoza on Philosophy, Religion, and Politics: The Theologico-Political Treatise (Oxford University Press, 2012). (For those in Australia, it’s on September 5 at UWS.)

For those from MUN who did the reading group on Spinoza’s TTP with me last Spring as well as all interested in Spinoza, James’s book will be of interest, and there is a PDF of the introduction along with the announcement. Here is the book summary:

Professor Susan James inverses Leo Strauss’ reading of Spinoza. Whereas Strauss emphasized the hidden subtext of Spinoza’s arguments, James revives the explicit debates of his time within which Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise was situated. But this is not a simple historical reconstruction. James’ close reading of the Treatise offers a radically new perspective on Spinoza’s revolutionary book – a reading that presents startling new perspective on the political, metaphysical and theological implications of the book. Given the importance of Spinoza’s political writings in contemporary radical democratic approaches to the state, James intervention has the potential to reshape the way we think of a Spinozan politics.