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Necessary: a study of the notions of natura naturans and natura naturata in the first part of Spinoza´s Ethics

Grant number: 18/02450-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2018
Effective date (End): February 28, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - History of Philosophy
Principal researcher:Homero Silveira Santiago
Grantee:Matheus Romero de Morais
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The main object of this research was to analyze and understand the notion of 'necessity' expressed in the course of the De Deo. Because even though it was not defined at any moment this notion permeates all the argumentative trajectory of the Ethics I, therefore presenting itself as essential to the comprehension not only of this part but for the other four as well. For this purpose, the notion of necessity was analyzed regarding both natura naturans and natura naturata, thus covering its operation throughout all reality. From this double point of view on we are going to study in which senses the notion of necesssity presents itself in Spinozas work, i.e., whether the term is unequivocal, or if there is some kind of polysemy and if that is the case how could we interpret it. (AU)

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