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Becoming Political: Spinoza's Vital Republicanism and the Democratic Power of Judgment

Christopher Skeaff


Becoming Political argues that a profoundly democratic conception of judgment is at the heart of Spinoza’s thought. By recuperating in Spinoza’s writings a “vital republicanism,” the book illuminates a line of political thinking that decouples democracy from the majoritarian aspiration to rule and aligns it instead with the project of becoming free and equal judges of common affairs. On this view, judgment furnishes the communal element by which people generate power to resist domination and reconfigure the terms of their political association. Each chapter of the book offers a different persp ... More

Keywords: democracy, judgment, power, republicanism, Spinoza

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226555478
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226555508.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Skeaff, author