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This paper gives the outline of an argument for the viability and desirability of an antifoundationalist
approach to human rights and liberalism. The conception of normativity which
frames my argument stands on the intuition, central in the second Wittgenstein and in the
American pragmatist tradition, that accepting the ultimate circularity of our justifications does not
condemn us to the corrosive consequences of radical scepticism. The conception of liberalism I
prospect is centred on the deliberative democratic ideal that the best way to live with difference
and conflict is to subordinate decisions of collective interests to public deliberation, which equally
respects everybody’s freedom and dignity, and maintains its outcomes and principles open to
revision. I will argue that an anti-foundationalist conception of normativity is the most suitable for
the fuller realisation of this deliberative democratic ideal, and that a society inspired by this ideal
creates the most favourable conditions for the fuller flourishing of human potentialities in any area
of life. I will also point out that a volitional and discursive conception of normativity enables us to
focus our efforts on the concrete political and moral obstacles to the creation of a free and equal
society, thus enabling us to release the tensions between the universalistic claims of human rights
and democracy and the particularistic claims of recognition raised by different cultural groups.
Concord may be recognised in the relationship between individuals living under the guide of reason;
however it must be planned within society intended as a whole. Spinoza investigates this asymmetry:
although society is a fundamental need and, for any rational human being, the best form of
common living is the one lead by reason, the vast majority (multitudo) does not live under the guide
of reason, but rather under the guide of passions. Those interpretations that attribute to the so called
multitudo some form of spontaneous self-organised democratic wisdom, capable of ensuring a
positive future, are to be considered mystical. The appendix to part IV of Spinoza’s Ethics clearly
demonstrates that concord is possible only within the relationship between single individuals, and
that therefore man’s task is to educate others to reason. Concord, as freedom, is considered a
“private” virtue not in a egoistical or possessive sense, but because only singles can achieve it and
transmit it to others, whereas it can not raise spontaneously from some sort of collective
The author claims: 1) in Spinoza a classical idea of toleration, if traceable, has a marginal role: no
logic of concession, the one that (in Thomas’ conception) allows the prince to resign to the
different cults just like one may resign to the human vices and sins; and no toleration as an
intermediate claim, in view of a fuller acknowledgement of the individual rights (Locke, Voltaire);
2) in Spinoza there is a clear idea of an underlying “patience”, which lays under political power;
a kind of “continuous low”, with variations that become decisive within the raising of the
«imperium»: a most peculiar and original thesis that originates from the core of Spinoza’s political
thought, and that reverses the traditional roles of “tolerant” and “tolerated”, of one and many, of
governor and multitudo.
The article focuses on par.7, chapter V, of the Political Treatise, one of the two paragraphs in which
Machiavelli’s name can be read. This is the starting point for a synthetic analysis of Machiavelli’s
presence in some topoi of the Dutch thought of the XVIIth century; finally, thus returning to
Spinoza, the author tries to comprehend the meaning of this presence within the a. m. tradition, in
order to evaluate the role played by the Florentine secretary in Spinoza’s political reflection.
Machiavelli’s presence actually goes deeper than the famous two passages may lead to believe, and
a careful analysis of the a. m. paragraph reveals a fundamental aspect of the strong link between
the two philosophers: the centrality – both theoretical and practical – that both thinkers tribute to
the political role of multitude, in contrast with any reductio ad unum of the processes of constitution
and justification of power.