Category Archives: John Locke

Stephanie DeGooyer, Before Borders: A Legal and Literary History of Naturalisation – Johns Hopkins University Press, November 2022

Stephanie DeGooyer, Before Borders: A Legal and Literary History of Naturalisation – Johns Hopkins University Press, November 2022 An ambitious revisionist history of naturalization as a creative mechanism for national expansion. Before borders determined who belonged in a country and … Continue reading

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Reading the Classics of Western Philosophy

List below and survey here. The queston asked is how many of these have you read. And the whole of these books, not some, not an abbreviated form. I’m claiming 18 of these, and bits, sometimes substantial, of others. Never read any Sidgwick, Moore, … Continue reading

Posted in Baruch Spinoza, Books, Friedrich Nietzsche, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Graham Harman, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Jean-Paul Sartre, John Locke, Karl Marx, Martin Heidegger, René Descartes, Thomas Hobbes, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Elden, Gregory, Sevilla-Buitrago in ACME

ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, Vol 10 No 2 is now available. It includes the English version of a discussion between me, Derek Gregory and Álvaro Sevilla-Buitrago that was originally published earlier this year in a Spanish translation: … Continue reading

Posted in Books, David Harvey, David N. Livingstone, Derek Gregory, Henri Lefebvre, John Locke, Mapping the Present, Mark Neocleous, Michel Foucault, My Publications, Politics, Publishing, Speaking Against Number, Territory, Terror and Territory, The Birth of Territory, The Space of the World, Understanding Henri Lefebvre, Universities | Leave a comment

Chapter Nine

Chapter Nine is now done. This is the last chapter of the book, which means I’ve now worked through all the chapters in the revision I’ve done while in Seattle. I leave tomorrow. I’ve posted quite a bit about this … Continue reading

Posted in Andreas Knichen, Bogislaw Philipp von Chemnitz, George Lawson, Gottfried Leibniz, Henri de Boulainviller, Isaac Newton, James Harrington, Johannes Althusius, John Locke, Matthias Stephani, Nicholas of Cusa, René Descartes, Robert Filmer, Samuel Pufendorf, The Birth of Territory, Theodor Reinking, Thomas Hobbes, Udalricus Zasius, Walter Ralegh | 1 Comment

Territory book update

Last week felt like a really important step forward with The Birth of Territory manuscript. This week has been less dramatic, but good progress again. The discussion of Grotius and Selden now forms a brief coda to Chapter Seven which … Continue reading

Posted in Hugo Grotius, John Locke, Martin Luther, Nicholas of Cusa, Robert Filmer, Territory, The Birth of Territory, Walter Benjamin | 2 Comments

Locke, land and coercion

From Crooked Timber The standard Lockean case for (propertarian) libertarianism rests on the (universally false) assumption that an appropriation of land leaves “enough and as good” for anyone else. As long as land can be stolen from people who are … Continue reading

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Terms of Debate

Speaking about Locke, and the way that in constructing his argument as a refutation of Filmer he was able to set the terms of debate in a way that favoured his position, but the general point is worth making: A … Continue reading

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Gratton on sovereignty

Peter Gratton replies to two of my recent posts here and here. Both replies have great titles. The first is a discussion of the canon. Peter writes  As someone who wrote an entire chapter on Boulainviller, I’m happy to change … Continue reading

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Reading texts, the canon, and historical access

Having been away for the weekend I feel like the blog debate that has been going on about Derrida and realism has largely passed me by. That’s fine, in a sense, because it’s not something I’m especially concerned with. (You … Continue reading

Posted in Alain Badiou, Gottfried Leibniz, Jacques Derrida, Jane Bennett, Jean Bodin, Jean Jacques Rousseau, John Locke, Michel Foucault, Robert Filmer, The Birth of Territory, Thomas Hobbes | 2 Comments