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Dimitris Vardoulakis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816672806

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816672806.001.0001

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Interjecting Empty Spaces: Imagination and Interpretation in Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus

Interjecting Empty Spaces: Imagination and Interpretation in Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus

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(p.161) 7 Interjecting Empty Spaces: Imagination and Interpretation in Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus
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Warran Montag

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816672806.003.0007

This chapter considers the correlation between ontology and politics expressed in “God, or Nature”. Ethics has its equivalent in the Theologico-Political Treatise. The chapter indicates that interpretation is also a partner in ontology and politics. But this is only possible if interpretation presupposes that any work does not exist prior to its effects. The chapter also argues that scripture is equivalent to the mind of the Holy Spirit because it is the palimpsest of the interaction, inevitably and invariably at fault, of imagination and reason. Moreover, if scripture, like Nature, is perfection, then the Bible is, paradoxically, no longer an exemplary or singular text but rather the manifestation of interpretation’s role in the interplay between politics and ontology.

Keywords:   ontology, politics, God, Nature, Ethics, Theologico-Political Treatise, Holy Spirit, scripture, Bible

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