#explore power mondays: Baruch Spinoza
“Power (‘potestas’) is
the capture of the might of the multitude (‘potentia multitudinis’) by
an intermediary, be it man or institution.”
Baruch Spinoza (24 November 1632 – 21 February 1677) who dared to challenge established religion and morality and almost paid with his life for it. Most recently, Spinoza has inspired for example Alexandre Matheron (1969, 1988), Antonio Negri (1982, 1997) and Frédéric Lordon (2010, 2015) to think about power by exploring Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise and his Ethics.