Céline Spector is Professor in Political Philosophy at the University Bordeaux Montaigne. Her recent publications include: Montesquieu. Liberté, droit et histoire; Au prisme de Rousseau. Usages politiques contemporain; Penser l’Europe au XVIIIe siècle. Commerce, Civilisation, Empire (edited with A. Lilti); and Rousseau. Les paradoxes de l’autonomie démocratique.



Who’s the Fool in Political Theory?
In Hobbes’ Leviathan as in Shakespeare’s King Lear, the Fool’s insight reveals the fragility of justice and political power. But Hobbes’ Fool, contrary to Shakespeare’s, is meant to be refuted. This lecture will address the Fool’s challenge and Hobbes’ reply: How can political power deal with those who are simply not afraid and intend to break the laws, threaten the Commonwealth, and may murder the King (or the Republic)? Relying on Hobbes’s parable on revolt and regicide, Spector shall wonder how political power may overcome the risk of oath-breaking, high treason and civil war.

Time: 2:30 am
Location: Ukrainian Institute of America / Library Room