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Title: Umanità e indifferenza. Essenza e natura dell’uomo nell’Ethica di Spinoza
Authors: D’Amico, Daniele
Keywords: SpinozaAnthropologyEssenceNatureManHumanity
Issue Date: Jul-2017
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Daniele D’Amico, 'Umanità e indifferenza. Essenza e natura dell’uomo nell’Ethica di Spinoza', in: Esercizi Filosofici, vol. 12, n. 1 (2017), pp. 77-91
Series/Report no.: Esercizi Filosofici
vol. 12, n. 1 (2017)
In this paper I focus on Spinoza’s philosophical anthropology. In the introduction I provide an overview of the various positions held by the scholarship with regard to this topic. I will then tackle Suhamy’s interpretation. This reading, although suggesting, seems however not tenable. In order to provide my solution to the problem, I will examine some affects – such as commiseratio, benevolentia, and pudor – in order to understand how Spinoza deals with humans and humanity. These passions show a way to act virtuously which agrees with reason, without however following from it. As a conclusion, I will argue that humanity is not to be understood as a general essence involving all human beings, but rather as an achievement of the individual – that is, that humanity is to be identified with the virtuous behaviour that underpins the living of a good man.
Type: Article
eISSN: 1970-0164
Appears in Collections:Esercizi Filosofici 12, 1-2 (2017)

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