Homo Animal Ambitiosum: Early Modern Theories of Sociability between Commerce and Metaphysics

21 Pages Posted: 1 May 2014

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Julia Ivanova

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: April 30, 2014

Abstract

The article deals with the epistemological background of the early modern theories of sociability: taking as a starting point the ‘prudential theorems’ from the sixth chapter of Hobbes’ Leviathan, the author examines in consecutive order the Cartesian foundations of sociability in Samuel Pufendorf’s theory of the natural right, the sensualist scienza del commercio of Celestino Galiani, and the refutation of both Cartesian ‘hypothetical metaphysics’ and ‘politics of merchants’ on the grounds of ‘practical Platonism’ by Paolo Mattia Doria.

Keywords: Th. Hobbes, natural right, political Platonism, commercial republicanism, political Cartesianism, scienza nuova

JEL Classification: Z

Suggested Citation

Ivanova, Julia, Homo Animal Ambitiosum: Early Modern Theories of Sociability between Commerce and Metaphysics (April 30, 2014). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 51/HUM/2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2431166 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2431166

Julia Ivanova (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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