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Single Idea 19928

[catalogued under 25. Society / A. State of Nature / 4. Natural Rights / b. Alienating rights]

Full Idea

No one will ever be able to transfer his power and (consequently) his right to another person in such a way that he ceases to be a human being.

Gist of Idea

No one, in giving up their power and right, ceases to be a human being


Baruch de Spinoza (Tractatus Theologico-Politicus [1670], 17.01)

A Reaction

Spinoza disdains natural rights, but this is a modest (and pretty uncontroversial) concession.

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Theological-Political Treatise', ed/tr. Israel,Jonathan [CUP 2007], p.208

Related Idea

Idea 19916 The order of nature does not prohibit anything, and allows whatever appetite produces [Spinoza]