Journal of Early Modern Studies

Volume 5, Issue 2, Fall 2016

Andrea Sangiacomo
Pages 101-142

Spinoza et les problemes du corps dans l’histoire de la critique
Essai bibliographique (1924-2015)

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 (without relationship to the mind). Questions concerning the ontological status of bodies (both simplest bodies and complex individuals), 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.