We Do Not Yet Know What the Law Can Do

Contemporary Political Theory 5 (1):52-67 (2006)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

A recurrent problem in Spinoza's ethical and political philosophy is what beings can do, what their affects are, and how these affects may be diminished or enhanced. This paper focuses on Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise to examine how natural and positive law engages a constitutive relationship with our affective capacity or, in Spinoza's language, our modal power and conatus. This paper begins with a critique of interpretations of Spinoza as a precursor of liberal political and juridical philosophies, and proceeds to argue that far from grounding a stable polity in individual right, law and natural right, Spinoza establishes a political landscape without finalist significance and in pursuit of an embodied activity of establishing new affects. Law in Spinoza will be seen not as a duty or a constraint but as a measure and an exercise of affectivity and power, a productive and phenomenological force that casts human affects into creative and unforeseeable figurations

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,347

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Alexandre Lefebvre interviews Paul Patton.Alexandre Lefebvre - 2013 - Contemporary Political Theory 12 (3):206-214.
Human Rights as a Way of Life: On Bergson's Political Philosophy.Alexandre Lefebvre - 2013 - Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.
A New Image of Law: Deleuze and Jurisprudence.Alexandre Lefebvre - 2005 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2005 (130):103-126.
The time of law : evolution in Holmes and Bergson.Alexandre Lefebvre - 2009 - In Rosi Braidotti, Claire Colebrook & Patrick Hanafin (eds.), Deleuze and law: forensic futures. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
Alexandre Lefebvre, The Image of Law: Deleuze, Bergson, Spinoza. [REVIEW]Constantin V. Boundas - 2011 - Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale 15 (2):199-208.
Bergson and human rights.Alexandre Lefebvre - 2012 - In Alexandre Lefebvre & Melanie Allison White (eds.), Bergson, Politics, and Religion. Durham: Duke University Press.
The Political Given: Decisionism in Schmitt's Concept of the Political.Alexandre Lefebvre - 2005 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2005 (132):83-98.
Bergson, Politics, and Religion.Alexandre Lefebvre & Melanie Allison White (eds.) - 2012 - Durham: Duke University Press.

Analytics

Added to PP
2013-11-23

Downloads
76 (#219,600)

6 months
11 (#246,433)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Alexandre Lefebvre
The University of Sydney

Citations of this work

Add more citations