Sava Ristic

Project Title: Spinozian Ethics and Politics of Migration

HEI: University of Aberdeen

Department: Department of Philosophy at the School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History

Supervisors and HEIs:
Professor Beth Lord, School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History, University of Aberdeen.
Dr Natasha Saunders, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.

About Sava’s Research

Sava Ristic

This project uses the political philosophy of 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza to address key questions in the ethics of migration. I draw on Spinoza’s ethical and political texts to construct a Spinozistic ethics of migration, building on his concepts of natural right, freedom, and toleration. I argue that Spinoza’s concepts are flexible enough to form the basis of a theory of the rights and obligations of immigrants, a theory that moves beyond the current literature by grounding the right to migrate not in an abstract ideal of fairness, but in the imperative of the state to pursue peace.