[SydPhil] Notification: Sandra Field, Yale-NUS @ Wed 29 Apr 2015 13:00 - 14:30 (Seminars)
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Title: Sandra Field, Yale-NUS
The personhood of the multitude
Democratic theory often makes appeal to the will of the people. But what
exactly is this will? Individual humans in a society each have their own
will; how and under what conditions can the multiple individual wills be
combined to form a single collective will? In this paper, I interrogate the
answer to these questions provided by Thomas Hobbes. Hobbes is a
polemically anti-democratic thinker, but nonetheless I will argue that
there are lessons in his analysis for contemporary democratic theory.
First, a caution for those wishing to claim to speak in the voice of the
people; and second, a caution for those hoping to find a spontaneous
democratic tendency in the power of the multitude.
When: Wed 29 Apr 2015 13:00 - 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: S401, Muniment Room, Main Quad, Univ of Sydney
* Dalia Nassar- creator
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