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Dalle Passions all’Ethica. Continuità, trasformazioni, interpretazioni

digital Dalle Passions all’Ethica. Continuità, trasformazioni, interpretazioni
fascicolo RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2020 - 2. Ethica e Passions de l’âme Spinoza con e contro Descartes
titolo Dalle Passions all’Ethica. Continuità, trasformazioni, interpretazioni
From the Passions to the Ethica. Continuity, Transformations, Interpretations

editore Vita e Pensiero
formato Articolo | Pdf
online da 07-2020
doi 10.26350/001050_000187
issn 00356247 (stampa) | 18277926 (digitale)
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Spinoza’s relationship with Descartes was always characterized both by proximity and distance. This ambivalence does not fail to affect the history of reception, from Spinoza’s death to the present day. However, the path of this history shows a remarkable paradigm-shift. From the anti-Cartesianism and anti-Spinozism of sixteenth and eighteenth centuries until the most authoritative contemporary reading, we move indeed from a perspective, in which Descartes’ thought would show germs of Spinozism – and Spinoza would therefore be in some sense more Cartesian than Descartes himself – to an opposition so radical as to reject any point of contact. In order to critically question both this relationship and the history of its interpretations, it is crucial to analyse the complex dialogue, which in his Ethics Spinoza establishes with Descartes’s Passions of the Soul. Although very dense, this dialogue has only been studied little in its detail.


René Descartes, Baruch Spinoza, Cartesianism, Anti-Cartesianism, Passions

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Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna. Email:; Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano. Email:; Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca. Email:; Università degli Studi “Roma Tre”. Email: