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  • Wed

    Hobbes and the ‘Liberties’ of Subjects/Hobbes e “le libertà” dei sudditi

    Department of Philosophy, Sapienza Università di Roma, Villa Mirafiori, via Carlo Fea, 2, Roma

    The workshop aims at exploring different ways of approaching Hobbesian thought – far from the standard absolutist interpretation –, in its moral, political and historical sides. In particular, we will try to elucidate those topics concerning the liberties granted to citizens within the civil state by «the silence of the law» or by the unalienable right to safe one’s own life. This general theme is inspired by chapter XXI of the Leviathan, ‘On the Liberty of Subjects’ (in the singular); using liberties, in the plural, we shall investigate those spaces of liberty left to individual judgment and traceable in Hobbes’s thought. Thus, far from reading Hobbes only as a monolithic theorist of absolutism, the workshop aims at shedding light on those ‘hidden’ sides of Hobbes, which leave room for the possibility of a ‘proto-liberal’ interpretation.

    9:45-10:00:Piergiorgio Donatelli (Sapienza Università di Roma)
    Opening Remarks

    10:00-11:00: Patricia Springborg (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
    Hobbes’s Problematic Concept of Liberty

    11:00-12:00: Mauro Farnesi Camellone (Università di Padova)
    The Evanescence of Justice. Hobbes on Liberty and the Legitimation of Power

    12:00-13:00: Francesco Toto (Università degli Studi Roma Tre)
    Democracy and/or Sovereignty? Power and Resistance in Hobbes

    13:00-14:30: Lunch

    14:30-15:30: Annalisa Schino (Sapienza Università di Roma)
    Hobbes e la religione: la libertà privata di credere

    15:30-16:30: Luca Tenneriello (Sapienza Università di Roma)
    Hobbes e la questione dei diritti morali individuali

    16:30-17:30: General Discussion

    Attendance is free and open to everyone.

    Organized by Piergiorgio Donatelli and Luca Tenneriello