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Affects, Actions and Passions in SpinozaThe Unity of Body and Mind$
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Chantal Jaquet

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474433181

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433181.001.0001

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Spinoza’s Break with Descartes Regarding the Affects in Ethics III

Spinoza’s Break with Descartes Regarding the Affects in Ethics III

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(p.27) 2 Spinoza’s Break with Descartes Regarding the Affects in Ethics III
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Affects, Actions and Passions in Spinoza
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Chantal Jaquet

, Tatiana Reznichenko
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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474433181.003.0003

Against this background, Chapter II addresses the question of the affects first by restoring Spinoza's thought to its historical context, and then measuring its originality with respect to Descartes and his Passions of the Soul. The chapter is divided into three main sections: – The problem of originality in Spinoza’s conception – The tribute to Descartes’s ingenium – The reasons for the break For the first time in history, Spinoza makes the concept of affect a key one that goes well beyond the concept of passion, which is at the heart of Cartesian thought. The author gauges the impact of this innovation by analyzing the Preface to Ethics III, where Spinoza pays an unusual tribute to Descartes, then the Preface to Ethics V, where he breaks completely with the author of The Passions of the Soul.

Keywords:   Descartes, Cartesian, passions, ingenium, affects, Spinoza, Ethics

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