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    Politically-mediated affects: envy in Spinoza's Tractatus Politicus

    James, Susan (2010) Politically-mediated affects: envy in Spinoza's Tractatus Politicus. In: Melamed, Y.Y. (ed.) A Critical Guide to Spinoza's Tractatus Politicus: A Critical Guide. Cambridge Critical Guides. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 250-267. ISBN 9781107636927.

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    In the Tractatus Politicus Spinoza argues that politically unequal societies can be extremely stable. This feature of his work is at odds with a view, common in the literature, that Spinoza is a democratically-minded author who defends inclusive political systems, and in this paper I consider how he thinks inequality can be sustained. I focus on his discussion of the ways in which envy can be offset or redirected; and I apply my conclusions to his notorious claim that women are not fit to rule.


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    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Susan James
    Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2017 11:25
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:31


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