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Title: La conception spinozienne de l'allégresse
Author(s): WIENAND, Isabelle
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
Volume: 71    Issue: 2   Date: 2009   
Pages: 361-383
DOI: 10.2143/TVF.71.2.2038081

Abstract :
This article analyses Spinoza’s treatment of cheerfulness (hilaritas) throughout his works and aims at showing the limits of the principle of correspondence between mind and body. The first part is a critical reading of the texts dealing with the affect of hilarity and the second part tries to explain the plural unity of cheerfulness by referring to Descartes’ treatment of similar affects in The Passions of the Soul. The comparison leads to a critical assessment of both philosophers insofar as they ultimately assign a subaltern role to the passions in the elaboration of a good life.

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