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Susanne Sreedhar
Boston University
Susanne Sreedhar
Boston University
  1. Hobbes on Resistance: Defying the Leviathan.Susanne Sreedhar - 2010 - Cambridge University Press.
    Hobbes's political theory has traditionally been taken to be an endorsement of state power and a prescription for unconditional obedience to the sovereign's will. In this book, Susanne Sreedhar develops a novel interpretation of Hobbes's theory of political obligation and explores important cases where Hobbes claims that subjects have a right to disobey and resist state power, even when their lives are not directly threatened. Drawing attention to this broader set of rights, her comprehensive analysis of Hobbes's account of political (...)
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    Hobbes on Sexual Morality.Susanne Sreedhar - 2020 - Hobbes Studies 33 (1):54-83.
    Despite the vast amount of scholarship on Hobbes’s philosophy, his writings on sexuality have gone largely unexplored. This paper offers an interpretation of Hobbes’s writing on that topic. I argue that if we pay attention to his remarks on sexuality, we can retrieve a coherent account of sexual morality, one that takes a strong stance against doctrines of natural sexual morality, replacing them with a commitment to positivism about sexual norms. With this reconstruction of the Hobbesian view of sexual morality (...)
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    Locke, the Law of Nature, and Polygamy.Susanne Sreedhar & Julie Walsh - 2016 - Journal of the American Philosophical Association 2 (1):91-110.
    When Locke mentions polygamy in his writings, he does not condemn the practice and, even seems to endorse it under certain conditions. This attitude is out of step with many of his contemporaries. Identifying the philosophical reasons that lead Locke to have this attitude about polygamy motivates our project. Because Locke never wrote a treatise on ethics, we look to number of different texts, but focus on An Essay Concerning Human Understanding and Essays on the Law of Nature, in order (...)
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    The Curious Case of Hobbes's Amazons.Susanne Sreedhar - 2019 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 57 (4):621-646.
    tales of amazonian warrior women may be the last thing one would expect to find in the work of a seventeenth-century philosopher like Thomas Hobbes. Yet he invokes one story about them in every version of his political theory, from The Elements of Law to De Cive to both the English and Latin versions of Leviathan. This story tells of how the Amazons made contracts to procreate with men from nearby tribes whereby they retained control over their female children and (...)
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    Defending the Hobbesian Right of Self-Defense.Susanne Sreedhar - 2008 - Political Theory 36 (6):781-802.
    A well-known part of Hobbes's political theory is his discussion of the inalienability of the right of self-defense. In this article, I present and defend a reinterpretation of Hobbes's account of self-defense. I begin by showing the weaknesses of the standard interpretation of this account: It rests on an implausible thesis about the evil of death; it renders Hobbes's applications of the right of self-defense inexplicable; and it conflicts with Hobbes's claim that there are cases in which the right of (...)
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  6. Complicating Out: The Case of Queer Femmes.Alice MacLachlan & Susanne Sreedhar - 2012 - In Kelby Harrison & Dennis Cooley (eds.), Passing/Out: Sexual Identity Veiled and Revealed. Ashgate. pp. 43-74.
    We take up questions of passing/outing as they arise for those with queer femme identities. We argue that for persons with female-identified bodies and queer, feminine (‘femme’) gender identities, the possibilities above may not exist as distinct options: for example, what it means to ‘pass’ or ‘cover’ is not always distinguishable – conceptually or in practice – from living authentically and resisting heteronormative identification: i.e. the conditions of being ‘out’. In some ways, these conflations privilege queer femmes; in others, femmes (...)
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  7. Hobbes's Moral and Political Philosophy.Sharon A. Lloyd & Susanne Sreedhar - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    The 17th Century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes is now widely regarded as one of a handful of truly great political philosophers, whose masterwork Leviathan rivals in significance the political writings of Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, and Rawls. Hobbes is famous for his early and elaborate development of what has come to be known as “social contract theory”, the method of justifying political principles or arrangements by appeal to the agreement that would be made among suitably situated rational, free, and (...)
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  8. Anarchism, Historical Illegitimacy and Civil Disobedience: Reflections on A. John Simmons’ ‘Disobedience and its Objects’.Susanne Sreedhar - 2010 - The Boston University Law Review 90 (4):1833-1846.
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  9. “Obligation and Legitimacy: A Response to Ronald Dworkin’s Justice for Hedgehogs.” (With Candice Delmas).Susanne Sreedhar - 2010 - The Boston University Law Review 90 (2):737-758.
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    A New Modern Philosophy: An Inclusive Anthology of Primary Sources.Eugene Marshall & Susanne Sreedhar (eds.) - 2019 - Routledge.
    The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are arguably the most important period in philosophy’s history, given that they set a new and broad foundation for subsequent philosophical thought. Over the last decade, however, discontent among instructors has grown with coursebooks’ unwavering focus on the era’s seven most well-known philosophers—all of them white and male—and on their exclusively metaphysical and epistemological concerns. While few dispute the centrality of these figures and the questions they raised, the modern era also included essential contributions from (...)
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    Hobbes on ‘The Woman Question’1.Susanne Sreedhar - 2012 - Philosophy Compass 7 (11):772-781.
    The classical social contract tradition of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries has come under significant scrutiny from those interested in the place of women in the philosophical canon, and Thomas Hobbes has been indicted along with John Locke, Immanuel Kant, and Jean‐Jacques Rousseau. These philosophers have been accused of holding misogynistic beliefs and, more damningly, founding their theories on sexist and patriarchal assumptions. This paper explores the extent to which Hobbes deserves his place on the list of the condemned.
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  12. State Legitimacy and Political Obligation in Justice for Hedgehogs: The Radical Potential of Dworkinian Dignity.Susanne Sreedhar & Candice Delmas - 2010 - Boston University Law Review 90 (2):737-758.
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    Reclaiming the Rights of the Hobbesian Subject.Susanne Sreedhar - 2008 - Hobbes Studies 21 (1):99-103.
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    The Limits of Reason in Hobbes's Commonwealth.Susanne Sreedhar - 2012 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (6):1209-1212.
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    Dyzenhaus, David, and Poole, Thomas, Eds. Hobbes and the Law.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Pp. 254. $90.00. [REVIEW]Susanne Sreedhar - 2014 - Ethics 124 (4):894-899.
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    Review of Bernard Gert, Hobbes: Prince of Peace[REVIEW]Susanne Sreedhar - 2011 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2011 (5).
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    Review of Patricia Springborg (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes's Leviathan[REVIEW]Susanne Sreedhar - 2008 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (5).
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    Review of Eleanor Curran’s Reclaiming the Rights of the Hobbesian Sovereign. [REVIEW]Susanne Sreedhar - 2008 - Hobbes Studies 21 (1):99-103.
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    Review of Stephen J. Finn, Thomas Hobbes and the Politics of Natural Philosophy[REVIEW]Susanne Sreedhar - 2006 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2006 (10).