Física y política en Spinoza


Rodríguez Rial, Gabriela




44 p.


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Abstract: This final monography inquires about Spinoza‟s conception on physics and the consequences that this conception would have on political model proposed by the author. In efect, the study of bodies‟ behaviour and the rules that govern the extension constitute one of the foundations of the ethics, according to the author. In order to do that, firstly, we study how Descartes understood physics. It is fundamental to do this because Spinoza uses Cartesian concepts and notions. Secondly, we give account of how Spinoza picked up Descartes‟ influence in his work The principles of Cartesian philosophy (1663), in order to search if, effectively, the dutch author reformulated in some extent the physical postulates of the writer of Metaphysical meditations. Thirdly, we analyse Spinoza‟s physical conception in his magnum opus, Ethics (1675), looking for the possibility to find a physics different from Descartes‟ one, and, therefore, an original one. The objective of this study is to examine if physics has an incidence in politics, just as the dutch author understands it, and, if it has it, to explain it in detail. As a result, it will be seen that Spinoza‟s physics, that is, an immanent and necessary physics that take into account compound bodies, allows to understand politics in scientific terms and to conceive the existence and behaviour of collective agents.

Título obtenido

Especialista en Estudios Políticos

Institución otorgante

Universidad de Buenos Aires. Facultad de Ciencias Sociales

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