The (European) Way to Deal with Secessionism

Catalan democratic institutions – both its parliament and its government – have called for a popular vote on whether Catalonia should declare itself independent from Spain. This has caused a reheated constitutional crisis, as the Spanish constitution effectively prohibits any…

Hobbes: Leviathan – The Problem

You can read an introductory post to Krijn’s series on liberal political philosophy here. In what Hobbes calls “the natural condition of mankind” (p. 86), people’s lives are be “solitary, poore, nasty, brutish and short.” (p. 89) Hobbes believes this,…

Thomas Hobbes: Liberty and Necessity

You can read an introductory post to Krijn’s series on liberal political philosophy here. Thomas Hobbes was an early modern English philosopher. In his treatise Of liberty and Necessity, Hobbes defines individual liberty as follows: “Liberty is the absence of…