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date: 20 May 2019

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Unlike many of his contemporaries, Descartes wrote nothing that resembles a political treatise. However, to think about the relations between human beings, he employs a mechanist anthropology. And in tandem with this, Descartes theorizes about what, in these human beings, is a high political and ethical requirement. In the Passions of the Soul, this requirement is conceived as both a passion and a virtue: generosity. So it is precisely because Descartes was compelled to reflect on the “true human being” in all his complexity that he provides us with a politics that is both demanding and realist.

Keywords: politics, anthropology, passions, virtue, generosity

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