Sandra Leonie Field

Humanities (Philosophy)

Assistant Professor

Contact No.: +65 6601-3373

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Assistant Professor 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.

More broadly, she teaches and is interested in political thought, theory, and philosophy, both historical and contemporary; moral philosophy, both Western and non-Western; and social theory.

Asst Prof Field completed her PhD in Politics at Princeton University in 2012, in the Program in Political Philosophy. She holds a Masters degree in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales (Australia), where she was also awarded a University Medal for her Honours research. Her undergraduate studies were in Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Sydney.

Asst Prof Sandra Field’s research interests include early modern political philosophy (especially Hobbes and Spinoza); democratic theory; and concepts of power.

Asst Prof Field also supervises student capstone research in moral and political philosophy more broadly:

  • Peter Ooi Teik Aun, ‘Sisters in Islam: A Case of Islamic Civil Society‘. Featured in the 2018 APSA Undergraduate Research Week.

Book Manuscript (currently under review)

Potentia: Hobbes and Spinoza on Power and Popular Politics’

The book draws on the the political writings of Hobbes and Spinoza to establish a conceptual framework for understanding the genesis, risks, and promise of popular power.
It makes an original contribution at the intersection of early modern philosophy and democratic theory.

Articles (Refereed)

Field, S. L. 2014. ‘Hobbes and human irrationality‘, Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, 5 (2), 207-220.

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.

Book Chapters

Field, S. L. 2019 (forthcoming). ‘Huang Zongxi: Making it safe not to be servile‘, in Amber Carpenter & Rachael Wiseman (Eds.) Portraits of Integrity. London: Bloomsbury.

Field, S. L. 2015. ‘The state: Spinoza’s institutional turn‘, in A. Santos Campos (ed.) Spinoza: Basic Concepts, Exeter: Imprint Academic, 142-154.

Review Articles

Field, S. L. 2019. Review of Becoming Political, by Christopher Skeaff. Contemporary Political Theory,  DOI: 10.1057/s41296-019-00309-z.

Field, S. L. 2018. Review of Hobbes and the Two Faces of Ethics, by Arash Abizadeh. European Hobbes Society Online Colloquium,

Popular Press

  1. 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
Contemporary Egalitarianism
Democratic Theory
The Political Philosophy of Spinoza

Student writing from Asst Prof Field’s classes is showcased at