Multitude

In Andre Santos Campos (ed.), Spinoza: Basic Concepts. Imprint Academic. pp. 129-141 (2015)

Authors
Ericka Tucker
Marquette University
Abstract
Spinoza’s ‘multitude’, while a key concept of his political philosophy, allows us to better understand Spinoza’s work both in its historical context and as a systematic unity. In this piece, I will propose that we understand Spinoza’s concept of the ‘multitude’ in the context of the development of his political thought, in particular his reading and interpretation of Thomas Hobbes, for whom ‘multitude’ was indeed a technical term. I will show that Spinoza develops his own notion of multitude as an interpretive extension of Hobbes’s concept. Spinoza’s notion of ‘multitude’ is shaped by the new answers he gives to the Hobbesian questions about the human power, human emotion and the metaphysical-political questions of how individuals can become a whole, or a state.
Keywords Spinoza  Multitude  Hobbes  Political Philosophy  History of Political Philosophy  Early Modern Philosophy
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 46,461
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Historicité, multitude et démocratie.Aris Stilianou - 2012 - Astérion. Philosophie, Histoire des Idées, Pensée Politique 10 (10).
Democracy and the Multitude: Spinoza Against Negri.Sandra Field - 2012 - Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 59 (131):21-40.
Hobbes's Concept of Multitude.Omar Astorga - 2011 - Hobbes Studies 24 (1):5-14.
The State: Spinoza's Institutional Turn.Sandra Field - 2015 - In Andre Santos Campos (ed.), Spinoza: Basic Concepts. Imprint Academic. pp. 142-154.
The Individuality of the State in Spinoza's Political Philosophy.Andre Santos Campos - 2010 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 92 (1):1-38.
Leibniz on Spinoza's Political Philosophy.Mogens Laerke - 2012 - Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy 6:105-134.
Multitude Against Empire: A Sin of Omission.I. K. McDaniel - 2009 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 35 (7):793-800.
Spinoza’s Hobbesian Naturalism and Its Promise for a Feminist Theory of Power.Ericka Tucker - 2013 - Revista Conatus - Filosofia de Spinoza 7 (13):11-23.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2016-02-18

Total views
20 ( #464,523 of 2,286,402 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #320,698 of 2,286,402 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature