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Title: La modernité en question – Le cas Spinoza
Authors: Ledesma Viteri, Juan Manuel
Keywords: ModernityHistoryPresentSpinozaActuality
Issue Date: Jul-2017
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Juan Manuel Ledesma Viteri, "La modernité en question – Le cas Spinoza", in: Esercizi Filosofici, vol. 12, n. 1 (2017), pp. 4-23
Series/Report no.: Esercizi Filosofici
vol. 12, n. 1 (2017)
This paper aims to question our relationship to what we call “modernity”, and mostly the way we call ourselves moderns, through the problematic, enigmatic and rebellious example of Spinoza’s philosophy. First, we try to reconstruct a general idea of what we usually name “modernity”. Then, we show how Spinoza’s philosophy is curiously always absent in this conceptual delimitation of modernity. Yet, when it comes to criticize it, when we try to criticize ourselves in our limited “modern-being”, we almost unconsciously tend to spinozism. Finally, we affirm that the meaning of this rejection implies not the reform of our concept of modernity but the redefinition and reinvention of the way we practice philosophy, conceive history in general and the history of philosophy in particular.
Type: Article
eISSN: 1970-0164
Appears in Collections:Esercizi Filosofici 12, 1-2 (2017)

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