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New book on Hobbes and Spinoza on Power and Popular Politics

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.
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New book: Leviathan on a Leash

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.”