Dr Sandra Field is a political philosopher. Her research investigates conceptions of political power and their implications for democratic theory. She approaches these themes through engagement with texts in the history of philosophy, especially Hobbes and Spinoza.
Dr Sandra Field’s research interests include early modern political philosophy (especially Hobbes and Spinoza); democratic theory; and concepts of power.
Dr Field also supervises student capstone research in moral and political philosophy more broadly:
Field, S. L. 2018 (forthcoming). ‘Huang Zongxi: Making it safe not to be servile‘, in Amber Carpenter & Rachael Wiseman (Eds.) Portraits of Integrity. London: Bloomsbury.
Field, S. L. 2014. ‘Hobbes and human irrationality‘, Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, 5 (2), 207-220. Published with reply: Luke O’Sullivan, ‘Sovereigns and citizens: a response to Field’, ibid., 221-224.
Field, S. L. 2014. ‘Hobbes and the question of power‘, Journal of the History of Philosophy, 52 (1), 61-86.
Field, S. L. 2012. ‘Democracy and the multitude: Spinoza against Negri‘, Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory, 59 (131), 21-40.
2016. ‘What’s in a name? How a democracy becomes an aristocracy‘, Democracy Futures series, The Conversation, 7 October 2016.
2015. ‘Contentious politics: Hobbes, Machiavelli, and corporate power‘, Democracy Futures series, The Conversation, 20 November 2015.
2015. ‘The will of the people: multitude or mob?‘, The Philosopher’s Zone, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National, 14 June 2015.
Philosophy and Political Thought I & II
Modern Social Thought
The Political Philosophy of Spinoza
Student writing from Dr Field’s classes is showcased at http://equalitydemocracy.commons.yale-nus.edu.sg.