[SydPhil] Philosophy seminar, Friday 7th of September, Macquarie University
pc.formosa at gmail.com
Mon Sep 3 13:11:15 AEST 2012
The Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University is hosting a
seminar this Friday, the 7^th of September, from 1:30-3:30pm, in Bld.
W6A, room 127. The presenter will be Associate Professor Deborah Brown,
from the University of Queensland. Title and abstract are below. All
Power in Transition: Hobbes and the Whole Shoe-bang.
This presentation explores shifts in thinking about agency and social
power in the thought of Thomas Hobbes. I begin by examining the
conception of power Hobbes develops in his physics, centered around the
/conatus/ or "endeavour" that each body possesses in accordance with the
first law of mechanics. Since human beings are also mechanical systems,
they too are driven by conatus, which expresses itself in the interplay
of the passions. Human endeavour exercised through the passions is the
foundation for both the social contract and the 'body politic', the
organic form of the commonwealth that aligns the interests of
individuals with the State. I argue that a contradiction exists between
Hobbes' conception of the social contract and his endorsement of the
conatus principle, the resolution of which requires a rethinking of the
relationship between power, right and will.
Dr Paul Formosa
ARC DECRA Research Fellow
Department of Philosophy
Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia
E: Paul.Formosa at mq.edu.au <mailto:Paul.Formosa at mq.edu.au>
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