Homo Animal Ambitiosum: Early Modern Theories of Sociability between Commerce and Metaphysics
21 Pages Posted: 1 May 2014
Date Written: April 30, 2014
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
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