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Amour de Dieu e Amor Dei: Descartes e Spinoza

digital Amour de Dieu e Amor Dei: Descartes e Spinoza
issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2020 - 2. Ethica e Passions de l’âme Spinoza con e contro Descartes
title Amour de Dieu e Amor Dei: Descartes e Spinoza
Amor de Dieu and Amor Dei: Descartes and Spinoza
publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 07-2020
doi 10.26350/001050_000195
issn 00356247 (print) | 18277926 (digital)
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In this article, I intend to investigate the notion of God’s love in Descartes and Spinoza to highlight its differences. God’s love in Descartes is investigated by examining the letter to Chanut of 1647 and in the Passions of the Soul. While in Descartes the passion of love preserves the character of the union of the part with the whole, in the Ethics of Spinoza, it loses this characterization in order not to lose the ontological distinction between the human being and the infinite substance. Moreover, since in Spinoza God’s love is an effect of the third kind of knowledge, it has no connection with the imagination. In Descartes, however, God’s love as passion maintains an essential relationship with imaginative activity.


Descartes, Spinoza, Love, God, Imagination

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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano. Email: