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Baruch Spinoza on Contract Theory - Dictionary of Arguments

Höffe I 236
Contract Theory/Treaty/Spinoza/Höffe: The state contract necessary to overcome the state of nature is only valid under utility considerations. (Cf. Constitution/Spinoza).
A categorical commandment such as the requirement to remain eternally faithful is foolish for Spinoza. In order to be able to expect loyalty to the treaty, more harm than good must therefore follow from the breach of the treaty, which endangers the political stability required for the establishment of a state.
While Hobbes does not grant absolute sovereignty to the monarchy in principle, but for pragmatic reasons, according to Spinoza it belongs to democracy alone (1).


1. Spinoza, Tractatus theologico-politicus


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Spinoza I
B. Spinoza
Spinoza: Complete Works Indianapolis 2002

Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016


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