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Vol 22 No 5 May/June 2017

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Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt

Edited by: Patricia Londono, David Eady, A.T.H. Smith, Rt. Hon Lord Eassie
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Spinoza's Revolutions in Natural Law

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ISBN13: 9780230348691
Published: May 2012
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £65.00



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This very first analysis of Spinoza's philosophy of law from the viewpoint of his deterministic ontology shows that he revolutionized modern philosophy from within by developing an entirely new natural law theory connecting his ontology to radically democratic political views. The book forms a balanced structure in which the three conceptual pillars of Spinoza's natural law theory (individuality, natural laws, and power) are first analyzed from the viewpoint of his ontology and then from the viewpoint of his political theory.

Spinoza's revolutionary equivalence of law to power is regarded as the core simultaneously of an ethical individualistic project, of a democratic alternative to modern State politics, and of an amoral naturalistic philosophy of law. The author concludes that Spinoza develops a new type of progressive individualism still left to explore that revolutionizes both modern natural law and contemporary radical democratic studies.

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Subjects:
Jurisprudence
Contents:
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
PART I: NATURAL LAW
Individuality
Laws of Nature Power
PART II: POLITICAL NATURAL LAW
Multitude State Sui juris
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index