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date: 27 October 2021

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This article examines how the Stoic ideals of impassivity and repression gave way to favourable treatments of the emotions, particular passion. It suggest that one of the trademarks of philosophy in the early modern period is the renewal of the theory of passions on the basis of the new mechanical-corpuscular philosophy which René Descartes regarded as his signal contribution to ethics. It also discusses the systematic character of the theories of passions, the theologico-philosophical approaches to the emotions, and the conception of love as a counterweight to solipsism.

Keywords: emotions, passion, philosophy, early modern period, René Descartes, ethics, theologico-philosophical approaches, love, solipsism

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