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    Spinoza and Relational Autonomy: Being with Others.Aurelia Armstrong, Keith Green & Andrea Sangiacomo (eds.) - 2019 - Edinburgh: Eup.
    Integrates Spinoza's thought into the contemporary debate on interpersonal relationships and individual autonomy The question of how to understand autonomy has emerged as a critical issue in contemporary political philosophy. Feminists and others argue that autonomy cannot be adequately conceived without taking into consideration the ways in which it is shaped by our relationships with others. This collection of 13 new essays shows what Baruch Spinoza can add to our understanding of the relational nature of autonomy. By offering a relational (...)
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    Spinoza on Reason, Passions, and the Supreme Good.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2019 - Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
    Andrea Sangiacomo offers a new understanding of Spinoza's moral philosophy, how his views significantly evolved over time, and how he himself struggled during his career to develop a theory that could speak to human beings as they actually are--imperfect, passionate, and often not very rational.
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    Samuel Clarke on Agent Causation, Voluntarism, and Occasionalism.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2018 - Science in Context 31 (4):421-456.
    ArgumentThis paper argues that Samuel Clarke's account of agent causation (i) provides a philosophical basis for moderate voluntarism, and (ii) both leads to and benefits from the acceptance of partial occasionalism as a model of causation for material beings. Clarke's account of agent causation entails that for an agent to be properly called an agent (i.e. causally efficacious), it is essential that the agent is free to choose whether to act or not. This freedom is compatible with the existence of (...)
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    The Ontology of Determination: From Descartes to Spinoza.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2015 - Science in Context 28 (4):515-543.
    This paper argues that Spinoza's notions of “conatus” and “power of acting” are derived by means of generalization from the notions of “force of motion” and “force of determination” that Spinoza discussed in his Principles of Cartesian Philosophy to account for interactions among bodies on the basis of their degrees of contrariety. I argue that in the Ethics, Spinoza's ontology entails that interactions must always be accounted for in terms of degrees of “agreement or disagreement in nature” among interacting things. (...)
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    Spinoza's Rethinking of Activity: From the Short Treatise to the Ethics.Andrea Sangiacomo & Ohad Nachtomy - 2018 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 56 (1):101-126.
    This paper argues that God's immanent causation and Spinoza's account of activity as adequate causation (of finite modes) do not always go together in Spinoza's thought. We show that there is good reason to doubt that this is the case in Spinoza's early Short Treatise on God, Man and His Well‐being. In the Short Treatise, Spinoza defends an account of God's immanent causation without fully endorsing the account of activity as adequate causation that he will later introduce in the Ethics (...)
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    Fixing Descartes: Ethical Intellectualism in Spinoza's Early Writings.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2015 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 53 (3):338-361.
    This paper aims at reconstructing the ethical issues raised by Spinoza's early Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect. Specifically, I argue that Spinoza takes issue with Descartes’ epistemology in order to support a form of “ethical intellectualism” in which knowledge is envisaged as both necessary and sufficient to reach the supreme good. First, I reconstruct how Descartes exploits the distinction between truth and certainty in his Discourse on the Method. On the one hand, this distinction acts as the basis (...)
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    Aristotle, Heereboord, and the Polemical Target of Spinoza’s Critique of Final Causes.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2016 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (3):395-420.
    Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning—So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. in the appendix to the first part of the Ethics, Spinoza famously claims that “all final causes are nothing but human fictions”. From the very beginning of its reception until the (...)
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    Modelling the history of early modern natural philosophy: the fate of the art-nature distinction in the Dutch universities.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2019 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 27 (1):46-74.
    The ‘model approach’ facilitates a quantitative-oriented study of conceptual changes in large corpora. This paper implements the ‘model approach’ to investigate the erosion of the traditional art-nature distinction in early modern natural philosophy. I argue that a condition for this transformation has to be located in the late scholastic conception of final causation. I design a conceptual model to capture the art-nature distinction and formulate a working hypothesis about its early modern fate. I test my hypothesis on a selected corpus (...)
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  9. Consciousness without Existence: Descartes, Severino and the Interpretation of Experience.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2023 - In Andrea Strazzoni & Marco Sgarbi (eds.), Reading Descartes. Consciousness, Body, and Reasoning. Florence: Firenze University Press. pp. 169-198.
    Consciousness is connected with the fact that a subject is aware and open to the manifestation of whatever appears. Existence, by contrast, is used to express the fact that something is given in experience, is present, or is real. Usually, the two notions are taken to be somehow related. This chapter suggests that existence is at best introduced as a metaphysical (or meta-experiential) concept that inevitably escapes the domain of conscious experience. In order to illustrate this claim, two case studies (...)
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    Louis de La Forge and the 'Non-Transfer Argument' for Occasionalism.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2014 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (1):60-80.
    In this paper, I investigate Louis de La Forge's argument against body–body causation. His general strategy exploits the impossibility of bodies communicating their movement by transfer of motion. I call this the ‘non-transfer’ argument . NT allows La Forge both to reinterpret continuous creation in an occasionalistic fashion and to support his non-occasionalistic view concerning mind–body union. First, I present how NT emerges in Descartes’ own texts. Second, I show how La Forge recasts it to draw an occasionalistic account of (...)
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    A Spinozistic approach to relational autonomy : the case of prostitution.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2019 - In Aurelia Armstrong, Keith Green & Andrea Sangiacomo (eds.), Spinoza and Relational Autonomy: Being with Others. Edinburgh: Eup. pp. 194-211.
  12. Adequate knowledge and bodily complexity in Spinoza’s account of consciousness.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2011 - Methodus 6:77-104.
    This paper aims to discuss Spinoza’s theory of consciousness by arguing that consciousness is the expression of bodily complexity in terms of adequate knowledge. Firstly, I present the link that Spinoza built up in the second part of the Ethics between the ability of the mind to know itself and the idea ideae theory. Secondly, I present in what sense consciousness turns out to be the result of an adequate knowledge emerging from the epistemological resources of a body as complex (...)
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    Before the Conatus Doctrine: Spinoza’s Correspondence with Willem van Blijenbergh.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2016 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 98 (2):144-168.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie Jahrgang: 98 Heft: 2 Seiten: 144-168.
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    From secondary causes to artificial instruments: Pierre-Sylvain Régis's rethinking of scholastic accounts of causation.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2016 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 60:7-17.
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    Johann Christoph Sturm's Natural Philosophy: Passive Forms, Occasionalism, and Scientific Explanations.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2020 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 58 (3):493-520.
    In the third intermède of Le Malade Imaginaire, Molière imagines a sort of medical convention in which "the wisest experts and professors of Medicine" examine whether a bachelor candidate can be deemed to enter the medical profession. As the first question in this examination, the "Chief physician" asks, "What is the cause and reason [causam et rationem] why opium induces sleep?" The candidate answers without the least hesitation: "Because it contains a sleeping virtue [virtus dormitiva], whose nature is to put (...)
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  16. Geulincx and the Quod Nescis principle : a conservative revolution.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2019 - In Steven Nadler, Tad M. Schmaltz & Delphine Antoine-Mahut (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Descartes and Cartesianism. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
     
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    La téléologie et l’évolution de la philosophie naturelle: Le cas de Johann Christoph Sturm et Petrus van Musschenbroek. Teleologie und die Evolution der Naturphilosophie: Der Fall von Johann Christoph Sturm und Petrus van Musschenbroek.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2018 - Studia Leibnitiana 50 (1):41.
    Johann Christoph Sturm’s natural philosophy, with which Leibniz engages in “De ipsa natura”, as well as Petrus van Musschenbroek’s epistemology, constitute important steps in the process of the speciation of physics. In this case, speciation is understood as the process through which the explanation of natural phenomena via empirical regularities comes to define the whole domain of the newly established niche of physics, to the exclusion both of teleology and efficient causality.
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  18. Divine Action and God’s Immutability: A Historical Case Study On How To Resist Occasionalism.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2015 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 7 (4):115--135.
    Today’s debates present ”occasionalism’ as the position that any satisfying account of divine action must avoid. In this paper I discuss how a leading Cartesian author of the end of the seventeenth century, Pierre-Sylvain Régis, attempted to avoid occasionalism. Régis’s case is illuminating because it stresses both the difficulties connected with the traditional alternatives to occasionalism and also those aspects embedded in the occasionalist position that should be taken into due account. The paper focuses on Régis’s own account of secondary (...)
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  19. Nota sul ruolo dell’"essentia corporis" nell’Etica di Spinoza.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2013 - Isonomia: Online Philosophical Journal of the University of Urbino:1-19.
    This paper outlines the role of the bodily essence in Spinoza’s epistemology. Spinoza maintains in the Ethics that the power of the imagination depends on bodily affections and it explains the inadequateness of imaginative ideas. However, Spinoza also exploits the capabilities of the human body to work out his account of common notions, which grounds the adequate knowledge provided by reason. Moreover, the essentia corporis plays a crucial role in the fifth part of the Ethics. Indeed, the “eternal part” of (...)
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    Spinoza et les problemes du corps dans l’histoire de la critique: Essai bibliographique.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2016 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 5 (2):101-142.
    This bibliographical essay reconstructs the scholarly debate concerning Spinoza’s account of the body over the last ninety years. The paper focuses on the notion of body considered only from a physical point of view. Questions concerning the ontological status of bodies, the nature of their essence, their power of operating, or the sources of Spinoza’s views have originated a long-standing discussion. This reconstruction presents the main solutions developed so far, and pinpoints the still understudied areas in the field.
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    Do you need to know in order to act? The case for a Suárezian legacy in early modern occasionalism.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2023 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 61 (3):506-526.
    The goal of this article is to suggest that in early modern discussions of agency and causal efficacy it is possible to detect an attempt at pushing to its extreme consequences a specific account of agency and causality that was developed in late scholastic thought. More specifically, the article examines Francisco Suárez's (1548–1617) account of freedom and how this relates to his views on efficient causality. Despite Suárez's careful way of differentiating between natural (necessary) and human (free) agents, his view (...)
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    Spinoza on the Passions and the Self.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2021 - In Yitzhak Y. Melamed (ed.), A Companion to Spinoza. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. pp. 328–337.
    In the third part of the Ethics, Spinoza provides a naturalistic picture of human psychology. Spinoza's account distinguishes between active and passive affects. This chapter discusses how Spinoza's theory of affects demonstrates that the self with which human individuals identify in daily life is the result of a complex and constantly on‐going imaginative construction shaped by desires and causal interactions with other individuals and external causes. The core of the affective field is occupied by desire, which is the expression of (...)
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    Dall'origine della superstizione all'origine del movimento: lo strano caso della confutazione tolandiana di Spinoza.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2013 - Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 68 (4):645-671.
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    Divide et Impera: Modeling the Relationship between Canonical and Noncanonical Authors in the Early Modern Natural Philosophy Network.Andrea Sangiacomo & Daan Beers - 2020 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 10 (2):365-413.
    This article aims to study the relationship between today’s canonical and noncanonical authors in the domain of early modern natural philosophy through the lens of social network analysis. By studying a massive corpus of letters (Electronic Enlightenment project), we examine the structural relationship between several of today’s canonical authors in natural philosophy and noncanonical women philosophers operating in the same network. We demonstrate the structure of this network and its effects on noncanonical authors. By modeling the case of women philosophers, (...)
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    La ragione della parola: religione, ermeneutica e linguaggio in Baruch Spinoza.Francesco Camera & Andrea Sangiacomo (eds.) - 2013 - Saonara (PD) [i.e. Padua, Italy]: Il prato.
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    Mapping the evolution of early modern natural philosophy: corpus collection and authority acknowledgement.Hugo Hogenbirk, Silvia Donker, Raluca Tanasescu & Andrea Sangiacomo - 2022 - Annals of Science 79 (1):1-39.
    ABSTRACT Although natural philosophy underwent dramatic transformations during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, studying its evolution as a whole remains problematic. In this paper, we present a method that integrates traditional reading and computational tools in order to distil from different resources (the four existing Dictionaries of early modern philosophers and WorldCat) a representative corpus (consisting of 2,535 titles published in Latin, French, English, and German) for mapping the evolution of natural philosophy. In particular, we focus on gathering authors and (...)
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    Defect of Knowledge and Practice of Virtue in Geulincx’s Occasionalism.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2014 - Studia Leibnitiana 46 (1):46-63.
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    Essentia actuosa: riletture dell'Etica di Spinoza.Andrea Sangiacomo & Francesco Toto (eds.) - 2016 - Milano: Mimesis.
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  29. Eugenio Coseriu, Geschicthe der Sprachphilosophie/Storia della filosofia del linguaggio, edizione italiana a cura di Donatella Di Cesare.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2011 - Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 66 (2):383.
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    Expanding the Corpus of Early Modern Natural Philosophy: Initial Results and a Review of Available Sources.Andrea Sangiacomo, Raluca Tanasescu, Silvia Donker & Hugo Hogenbirk - 2021 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 10 (1):107-115.
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    Homo Liber. Verso una morale spinoziana.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2011 - Mimesis (coll. Spinoziana).
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  32. Instrumenta mentis. Contributi al lessico filosofico di Spinoza.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2011 - Giornale Critico Della Filosofia Italiana 7 (3):693-695.
     
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    I miracoli e la metamorfosi spinoziana del Leviatano: sulla costituzione del pensiero liberale.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2011 - Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 4:633-658.
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    Locke and Spinoza on the epistemic and motivational weakness of reason: the Reasonableness of Christianity and the Theological-Political Treatise.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2016 - Intellectual History Review 26 (4):477-495.
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    L’imperativo dell’eterno come morale meta-nichilistica: note per una discussione su Alberto Caracciolo.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2013 - Acta Philosophica 22 (2):361-376.
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  36. L'uomo libero a nulla pensa meno che alla morte: Spinoza contra Heidegger.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2011 - Giornale di Metafisica 33 (2):371-390.
    In this essay a theoretical comparison is presented between the perspective developed by Heidegger in Being and time regarding authentic existence and the analogous one afforded by the ethics of Spinoza. The bearing thesis is that these two perspectives have a common theoretical presupposition: the essence of every entity is founded in its rooting in the world or nature in which it exists. Nevertheless, it appears that the results which the two authors reach are opposite. While Heidegger develops a radically (...)
     
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    La sfida di Parmenide: verso la rinascenza.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2007 - Saonara (Padova): Il prato.
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  38. Miracles and the metamorphosis of Spinoza's leviathan: On the creation of liberal thought.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2011 - Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 66 (4):633-658.
     
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    Marco Sgarbi, The Italian Mind. Vernacular Logic in Renaissance Italy.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2015 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 4 (1):136-140.
  40. Saverio Ansaldi, Giordano Bruno. Une philosophie de la métamorphose.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2011 - Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 66 (3):591.
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    Sulla compiutezza del De Intellectus Emendatione di Spinoza.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2010 - Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 65 (1):1-23.
    The Tractatus de intellectus emendatione was considered by a great part of scholars an incomplete work. In this essay, instead, the Author tries to explain how, on one hand, all is demanded by the method’s argument there’s in fact in the text, so its incomplete aspects are just formal, not about content. On the other hand, the theory, about the best knowledge of singular things should be deduced by the infinite order of ideas and eternal things, has many hard problems, (...)
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    Spinoza’s Ethics: A Critical Guide ed. by Yitzhak Y. Melamed.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2018 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 56 (2):373-374.
    This new Cambridge Critical Guide to Spinoza’s Ethics offers an extensive, thought-provoking, and up-to-date state of the scholarly conversation that surrounds one of Spinoza’s most studied masterpieces. The first six chapters address topics mostly related to parts one and two of the Ethics. Don Garrett discusses the identity of the attributes. Warren Zev Harvey suggests that Maimonides’s critique of final causes can be considered as an important source for Spinoza’s treatment of the same topic in the appendix to part one. (...)
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  43. Steven Nadler, A Book Forged in Hell. Spinoza's Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Secular Age.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2012 - Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 67 (3):650.
     
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  44. Sul naturalismo informatico: contro il paradigma indessicale della soggettività.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2012 - Etica E Politica 14 (1):488-505.
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    Scorci: ontologia e verità nella filosofia del Novecento.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2008 - Saonara (Pd) [i.e. Padua, Italy]: Il prato.
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  46. The completeness of de intellectus emendatione by Spinoza.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2010 - Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 65 (1):1-23.
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    Teoria del silenzio: esperienza originaria e linguaggio a partire da Giambattista Vico.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2020 - Milano: Mimesis.
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    The meaning of existence ( bhava) in the Pāli discourses of the Buddha.Andrea Sangiacomo - 2022 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 30 (6):931-952.
    This paper seeks to reconstruct the meaning of existence in the Pāli discourses of the Buddha by considering how the notion is used in the most systematic contexts in which it appears, and how it could be best interpreted. The discourses are concerned with how existence is used to support and consolidate a certain attitude of ownership, appropriation, and entitlement over contents of experience, in virtue of which one can claim that this or that is ‘mine’. The problem with this (...)
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    Spinoza’s Religion _Spinoza’s Religion_ , by Clare Carlisle, Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press, 2021, 272 pp., $29.95 / £25.00(hb), ISBN 978-06-91-17659-8. [REVIEW]Andrea Sangiacomo - 2023 - Intellectual History Review 33 (4):768-771.
    Spinoza is one of the most famous early modern philosophers. He is known as one of the forefathers of “Radical Enlightenment”, and his attacks against anthropomorphic views of God and superstitious...
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    The young Spinoza: a metaphysician in the making. [REVIEW]Andrea Sangiacomo - 2017 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25 (2):413-415.