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Title: Democracy, ‘Multitudo’ and the Third Kind of Knowledge in Spinoza
Authors: Del Lucchese, F
Keywords: Democracy;Conflict;Knowledge;Law;Multitudo;Politics;Spinoza
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: European Journal of Political Theory
Citation: European Journal of Political Theory, 8: pp. 339 - 363, 2009
Abstract: In Spinoza, what I call (adapting a phrase from J.-L. Nancy) the ‘Being Individual Multiple’ is the multitudo. Its form of life is Democracy, understood as the autonomous and conflictual organization of collective dynamics and not one form of government among others. Combining an original mode of argumentation with a critical discussion of opposing interpretations, I maintain that democracy is the translation into politics of the third and highest kind of knowledge in Spinoza, intuitive science. I argue moreover that the multitudo self-organized in a democracy has the capacity to experiment and express a different rationality with respect to the singular individual. Wisdom and democracy thus converge to give life to something unknown and original in western political modernity.
ISSN: 1474-8851
Appears in Collections:Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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