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Love, Hatred, and Self-Preservation in Descartes’s Passions of the Soul and Spinoza’s Theory of the Affects

digital Love, Hatred, and Self-Preservation in Descartes’s
Passions of the Soul and Spinoza’s Theory of the Affects
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journal RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA
issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2020 - 2. Ethica e Passions de l’âme Spinoza con e contro Descartes
title Love, Hatred, and Self-Preservation in Descartes’s Passions of the Soul and Spinoza’s Theory of the Affects
Love, Hatred, Self-preservation, Perseverance, Agency, Descartes, Spinoza
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publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 07-2020
doi 10.26350/001050_000194
issn 00356247 (print) | 18277926 (digital)
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Descartes and Spinoza carry forward elements of a longstanding folk-psychology of love and hatred from the scholastics – that love and hatred are ‘natural’ passions, teleologically ordered, together, to self-preservation (or perseverance). Descartes recasts this psychology of love and hatred, in the Passions of the Soul, in functional terms that already ambiguate the role that hatred plays in self-preservation. Spinoza takes up Descartes reconfiguration of the relationship of love and hatred in the Passions of the Soul, and infers that hatred has no necessary role in securing self-preservation (or perseverance). Spinoza’s dissolution of the necessary coimplication of love and hatred, as it is figured in the longstanding folk-psychology, yields rival images of agency. In Spinoza’s view, hatred is a pathology of agency, a symptom of impotence of ‘animation’, in contrast to the view that hatred is ‘basic’ emotion that is constitutive of agency in that it can motivate resistance to threats to self-preservation and flourishing.

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Love, Hatred, Self-preservation, Perseverance, Agency, Descartes, Spinoza

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East Tennessee State University, Johnson City. Email: greenj@etsu.edu

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