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Single Idea 19942

[catalogued under 25. Society / D. Social Rights / 2. Social Freedom / c. Free speech]

Full Idea

We cannot altogether deny that treason may be committed as much by words as by deeds.

Gist of Idea

Treason may be committed as much by words as by deeds

Source

Baruch de Spinoza (Tractatus Theologico-Politicus [1670], 20.05)

A Reaction

For example, betraying a major state secret. This is an important idea, for anyone who simplistically demands utter freedom of speech. There is also subversive speech, which is very hard to assess. Incitements can be crimes in Britain.

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Theological-Political Treatise', ed/tr. Israel,Jonathan [CUP 2007], p.252