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Changes of StateNature and the Limits of the City in Early Modern Natural Law$
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Annabel S. Brett

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691141930

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691141930.001.0001

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(p.169) Chapter Seven Locality
Changes of State

Annabel S. Brett

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at the limits of obligation in another context, that of subjects travelling from one commonwealth to another. Like the body of the subject, the physical movement of the traveler implicates another interface between the civic and the natural, this time the relationship between political space and the space of local motion—the space in which all physical beings, not just humans, move. Implicitly, it poses a fundamental political question about the city as a juridical entity: whether such a body is spatially limited, and if so, how it can be that a non-physical body has a spatial location. In this sense, the border between the political and the natural and the border of the commonwealth are mutually under construction.

Keywords:   commonwealth, traveler, physical movement, political space, local motion, city, spatial location, juridical entity, obligation

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