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Rimorso, pentimento e rimpianto in Descartes e Spinoza

digital Rimorso, pentimento e rimpianto in Descartes e Spinoza
issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2020 - 2. Ethica e Passions de l’âme Spinoza con e contro Descartes
title Rimorso, pentimento e rimpianto in Descartes e Spinoza
Remorse, Repentance and Regret in Descartes and Spinoza
publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 07-2020
doi 10.26350/001050_000196
issn 00356247 (print) | 18277926 (digital)
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In the third part of the Passions of the Soul, while enumerating the «particular passions», Descartes makes a precise distinction between remorse, repentance and regret. Despite this distinction, in the correspondence with Princess Elizabeth, Descartes seems to use these terms interchangeably. In this paper I will set out to analyse first of all the relationship between these ‘sad passions’ in Descartes. I will then extend the investigation to Spinoza in order to highlight proximities and differences between him and Descartes in the classification of these passions, in their relative remedies and political implications.


Descartes, Spinoza, Remorse, Repentance, Regret

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