Was Control of the Press Inevitable?

  • Edoardo Tortarolo
Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées book series (ARCH, volume 219)


In the middle of the seventeenth century, a few years apart, the two pre-eminent political philosophers in Europe worked out opposing theories of the proper course of action for political power-holders in their dealings with the written word. Thomas Hobbes and Baruch Spinoza held contrasting views of the nature of communication between human beings which were based on starkly different analyses of society and the civil power. In fact their shared assumption that in the state of nature there could be neither morality nor legality, developed in divergent directions.


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