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Title: Temporalità plurale e contingenza: l’interpretazione spinoziana di Machiavelli
Authors: Morfino, Vittorio
Keywords: MachiavelliSpinoza
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Vittorio Morfino, "Temporalità plurale e contingenza: l’interpretazione spinoziana di Machiavelli", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, VI (2004) 1, pp. 1-37.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
VI (2004) 1
Spinoza dedicates two remarkable, though brief, paragraphs of his Political Treatise to
Machiavelli’s thought: in the first one he investigates the political meaning of the writings of the
Florentine secretary, whereas in the second one he summarizes and discusses more closely the
different political theories. Spinoza’s interest in Machiavelli is clearly centred on the latter’s
political views, however another relevant issue can be traced in Spinoza’s work, an issue that
legitimates the theoretical frame of Machiavelli’s political philosophy: plural temporality and
contingency. In this sense Machiavelli’s concept of chance becomes central to Spinoza’s
interpretation, however distant from the Dutch philosopher’s ontology this concept may appear,
an ontology which has been defined (especially in the German ambit) as governed by a “logical”,
“blind”, “absolute” necessity.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
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