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    Rights as an Expression of Republican Freedom. Spinoza on Right and Power

    James, Susan (2015) Rights as an Expression of Republican Freedom. Spinoza on Right and Power. In: Roshchin, E. (ed.) "Права как выражение республиканской свободы. Спиноза о праве и силе”. Res publica 9. St. Petersburg, Russia: Publishing House of the European University Press in St. Petersburg. ISBN 9785943801938.

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    In the TTP Spinoza addresses in its full complexity the question of whether a republican theorist, committed to the view that the primary goal of political life is freedom conceived as the absence of slavery or dependence on arbitrary will, has any need for the notion of a right. His answer is designed to draw us away from many of the assumptions that run through the natural law tradition. Rather than accepting that our rights are stable, located in individuals, and absolute, we should be prepared to accept that the only natural right we possess, our power to do what we can to maintain ourselves, is manifested in claims that are fluctuating, collective and come in degrees. The overriding advantage of this outlook is that it directs our attention to the practical business of politics – to the project of creating rights that will secure our freedom.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Susan James
    Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2017 09:28
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:31


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