2 posts tagged political philosophy

Spinoza’s Political Philosophy

Author: Sandra Leonie Field (Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Yale-NUS College, Singapore.) ... Many find Hobbes’s political conclusions unacceptable. University syllabi often pair Hobbes with Locke, who argues that the state’s authority is delegated from the people, and must be used for the people’s benefit. When the state behaves tyrannically (in the judgement of the people), then they are justified in rebelling. In our contemporary world, people argue back and forth about ...

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Spinoza’s Politics of Immanent Transcendence

Authors: Joseph Bermas-Dawes (PhD candidate at DePaul University.) & A. Kiarina Kordela (Professor of German at Macalester College.) Essential to Spinoza’s argumentation in the Theologico-Political Treatise is the link between power, truth and obedience.1 Spinoza analyzes these terms not by contrasting religion and politics but rather by likening them. Obedience –to either God or political authority– can be produced out of ignorance and superstition when a subject’s passions are ...

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