Sandra Leonie Field argues that for both Hobbes and Spinoza, conscious institutional design is required in order for true popular power (potentia) to be achieved. Between Hobbes' commitment to repressing private power and Spinoza's exploration of civic strengthening, Field provides a new lens for thinking about the risks and promise of democracy.
The book argues that Hobbes’ idea of the state offers a far richer and more realistic conception of state responsibility than the theories prevalent today, and demonstrates that Hobbes’ Leviathan is much more than an anthropomorphic “artificial man.”
Drawing on evidence from across Hobbes’s works, and in particular from an understudied discussion of “Vespasian’s law” in the Six Lessons, Zachariah Black argues that Hobbes models the discrete use of humorous rhetoric in defense of peace.
Silviya Lechner concludes our online colloquium on Hobbesian Internationalism with a reply to her critics.
Oliver Eberl comments on Hobbesian Internationalism, in the penultimate entry to this online colloquium.
Chiayu Chou comments on Hobbesian Internationalism, in the third entry to this online colloquium.