Announcing the Defense of Thesis of Ethan K. Uhlig for Honors in the Major, Philosophy
Thesis Title: Collective Nobility: Spinoza and the Politics of Emotion
The intent of this thesis is to examine Spinoza’s philosophy of emotion as it relates to groups of individuals, or collectives. These groups, especially political collectives such as nation-states, are evaluated through Spinozist understandings of virtue, nobility, and blessedness. From this analysis, a novel concept of “collective nobility” is used to create philosophical guidance for the emotional dimensions of politics and state action. Drug policy is used as a case study to understand how emotion influences policymaking and vice versa, both negatively (as in the United States) and positively (as in Portugal).