Project Title: Spinozian Ethics and Politics of Migration
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
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.
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