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Philosophy and Theology

Volume 5, Issue 3, Spring 1991

Laurent Bove
Pages 187-220

Amour de l’etre et ambition de gloire
le spinozisme de Vauvenargues

More than a parallelism or a simple relation of influence, I emphasize a genuine spiritual filiation between the author of the Ethics and Vauvenargues, the young French moralist of the eighteenth century, by following trains of thought in both thinkers from the common principle of conatus to their theory of glory. By isolating (in their mutual notion of time) a shared inspiration which has its roots in ancient philosophy, and particularly in Stoicism, a stiII better understanding of this affinity emerges.

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