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Note sulla fondazione metafisica dell’etica razionalistica di Christian Wolff

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journal RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA
issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2019 - 3
title Note sulla fondazione metafisica dell’etica razionalistica di Christian Wolff
Notes on the Metaphysical Foundation of Christian Wolff’s Rationalistic Ethics
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publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 10-2019
doi 10.26350/001050_000133
issn 00356247 (print) | 18277926 (digital)
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The metaphysical foundation of Christian Wolff’s ethics has not been explored enough. Many of the Latin expressions and definitions he used for ethics seem very similar to those of scholastic philosophy. Their meaning though is quite different. The reason for this conceptual abyss is found in the metaphysical ground on which the entire philosophy of Wolff is constructed. His metaphysical ground is determined by mathematical method (that links Wolff directly with the Cartesian tradition) and it is guided only by rational activity (the power of the representation of the world). His ethics depends completely on these two bases and they explain the complex and coherent system that Wolff laid down for posterity in jurisprudence and ethics, in which law plays the role of a necessary bridge between good and freedom. This paper tries to give the basic starting points from which more research on Wolffian ethics could be done.

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Christian Wolff, Metaphysical Foundation, Ethics, Law, Ethical rationalism

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Ateneo Regina Apostolorum (Roma). Email: lhernandez@legionaries.org

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