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Conflict, Power and Multitude in Machiavelli and Spinoza: Tumult and Indignation (Filippo Del Lucchese) Hardcover Book, (Continuum, 2009) 9781441150622
Conflict, Power and Multitude in Machiavelli and Spinoza: Tumult and Indignation (Filippo Del Lucchese) Hardcover Book, (Continuum, 2009) 9781441150622
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Title: Conflict, Power and Multitude in Machiavelli and Spinoza: Tumult and Indignation

Author: Lucchese, Filippo Del

Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 2009

Hardcover; ISBN: 9781441150622

Volumes: 1; Pages: 208

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Conflict, Power and Multitude in Machiavelli and Spinoza explores Spinoza's political philosophy by confronting it with that of Niccol� Machiavelli.

Filippo Del Lucchese conducts a study of the relationship between Machiavelli and Spinoza from a perspective at once philosophical, historical and political.

The book begins by showing how closely tied the two thinkers are in relation to realism. Del Lucchese then goes on to examine the theme of conflict as a crucial element of an understanding of Machiavelli and Spinoza's conceptions of modernity.

The book concludes with an examination of the concept of "multiplicity" and "plural" expressions of politics, namely Machiavelli's popolo and Spinoza's multitudo. Overall, the Machiavelli-Spinoza axis offers a fruitful perspective through which to analyse the relationship between contending ideas of modernity from a historical point of view, and provides an original point of departure for discussing some key theoretical, political and juridical notions that have resurfaced in contemporary debates.

Table Of Contents

Introduction

1. Realism

i. The sky, the Sun, the Elements, Man: Necessity and Occasion in the Realism of Machiavelli and Spinoza

ii. "Freedom" and the "Common Good", or, in other words, Tyranny

2. Conflict

i. Spoliatis Arma Supersunt, Furor Arma Ministrat: Philosophy as Resistance

ii. Jerusalem and Rome

iii. Iustitia and Army

3. Multitude

i. Quid Corpus Possit Nemo Hucusque Determinavit: the Spinozist "war cry"

ii. Individual Multiple Being

Bibliography

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