“The World City” – a forthcoming article on Nemesius of Emesa

Stoic philosophers in antiquity held that ‘the world … is like a city and a polity’, and that the nature of humankind is like ‘a code of civil law’ (Cicero, De Finibus III 62–67). In his late-antique text, De Natura Hominis (ca. 390 A.D.), Nemesius of Emesa rejects a number of Stoic tenets. His world… Continue reading “The World City” – a forthcoming article on Nemesius of Emesa

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Laws of war and peace – “Pierino Belli,” Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy (Springer 2018)

David Lloyd Dusenbury, “Pierino Belli”, Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy, ed. Marco Sgarbi (Springer 2018, forthcoming). Several excerpts from my typescript are copied below: Pierino Belli was born in 1502 in the Piedmontese city of Alba. His family belonged to the city’s minor nobility, and Belli affixed the name of Alba to his own. In Latin, he is… Continue reading Laws of war and peace – “Pierino Belli,” Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy (Springer 2018)

The status of the enemy – “Balthasar de Ayala,” Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy (Springer 2016)

David Lloyd Dusenbury, “Balthasar de Ayala”, Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy, ed. Marco Sgarbi (Springer 2016). [In press.] Several excerpts from the author’s typescript are copied below: Balthasar de Ayala, shortly before his death Biography Balthasar de Ayala was born in 1548 in Antwerp. His mother, Agnès de Renialme, belonged to the Hispano-Flemish nobility. His father,… Continue reading The status of the enemy – “Balthasar de Ayala,” Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy (Springer 2016)

Who judges whom? – “The Judgment of Pontius Pilate” (JLR 2017)

In Pilate and Jesus, Giorgio Agamben argues that Pontius Pilate never formally condemned Jesus of Nazareth. “The traditional interpretation of Jesus’ trial … must be revised,” he urges, because “there has not been any judgment in a technical sense.” On Agamben’s telling, Pilate’s non-judgment is the original truth of Jesus’ death which has been covered… Continue reading Who judges whom? – “The Judgment of Pontius Pilate” (JLR 2017)

“A philosophy of merciless war” – Carl Schmitt on hostis and inimicus (Ratio Juris 2015)

A critical and philological analysis of hostis and inimicus - 'public enemy' and 'private enemy' - in Carl Schmitt's Weimar-period essay, The Concept of the Political: David Lloyd Dusenbury, “Carl Schmitt on Hostis and Inimicus: A Veneer for Bloody-Mindedness,” Ratio Juris. An International Journal of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law 28.3 (2015), 431–440. An excerpt from the… Continue reading “A philosophy of merciless war” – Carl Schmitt on hostis and inimicus (Ratio Juris 2015)