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    Nota sul ruolo dell’"essentia corporis" nell’Etica di Spinoza
    Isonomia: Online Philosophical Journal of the University of Urbino 1-19. 2013.
    This paper outlines the role of the bodily essence in Spinoza’s epistemology. Spinoza maintains in the Ethics that the power of the imagination depends on bodily affections and it explains the inadequateness of imaginative ideas. However, Spinoza also exploits the capabilities of the human body to work out his account of common notions, which grounds the adequate knowledge provided by reason. Moreover, the essentia corporis plays a crucial role in the fifth part of the Ethics. Indeed, the “etern…Read more
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    Divine Action and God’s Immutability: A Historical Case Study On How To Resist Occasionalism
    European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 7 (4): 115--135. 2015.
    Today’s debates present ”occasionalism’ as the position that any satisfying account of divine action must avoid. In this paper I discuss how a leading Cartesian author of the end of the seventeenth century, Pierre-Sylvain Régis, attempted to avoid occasionalism. Régis’s case is illuminating because it stresses both the difficulties connected with the traditional alternatives to occasionalism and also those aspects embedded in the occasionalist position that should be taken into due account. The …Read more
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    Fixing Descartes: Ethical Intellectualism in Spinoza's Early Writings
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 53 (3): 338-361. 2015.
    This paper aims at reconstructing the ethical issues raised by Spinoza's early Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect. Specifically, I argue that Spinoza takes issue with Descartes’ epistemology in order to support a form of “ethical intellectualism” in which knowledge is envisaged as both necessary and sufficient to reach the supreme good. First, I reconstruct how Descartes exploits the distinction between truth and certainty in his Discourse on the Method. On the one hand, this distinctio…Read more
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    Louis de La Forge and the 'Non-Transfer Argument' for Occasionalism
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (1): 60-80. 2014.
    In this paper, I investigate Louis de La Forge's argument against body–body causation. His general strategy exploits the impossibility of bodies communicating their movement by transfer of motion. I call this the ‘non-transfer’ argument . NT allows La Forge both to reinterpret continuous creation in an occasionalistic fashion and to support his non-occasionalistic view concerning mind–body union. First, I present how NT emerges in Descartes’ own texts. Second, I show how La Forge recasts it to d…Read more
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    Before the Conatus Doctrine: Spinoza’s Correspondence with Willem van Blijenbergh
    Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 98 (2): 144-168. 2016.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie Jahrgang: 98 Heft: 2 Seiten: 144-168.
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    The Ontology of Determination: From Descartes to Spinoza
    Science in Context 28 (4): 515-543. 2015.
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    Spinoza's Rethinking of Activity: From the Short Treatise to the Ethics
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 56 (1): 101-126. 2018.
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    The young Spinoza: a metaphysician in the making (review)
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25 (2): 413-415. 2017.
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    Aristotle, Heereboord, and the Polemical Target of Spinoza's Critique of Final Causes
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (3): 395-420. 2016.
    Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning—So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. in the appendix to the first part of the Ethics, Spinoza famously claims that “all final causes are nothing but human fictions”. From the very beginning of its reception until the present day, supporters…Read more
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    ABSTRACTThe ‘model approach’ facilitates a quantitative-oriented study of conceptual changes in large corpora. This paper implements the ‘model approach’ to investigate the erosion of the traditional art-nature distinction in early modern natural philosophy. I argue that a condition for this transformation has to be located in the late scholastic conception of final causation. I design a conceptual model to capture the art-nature distinction and formulate a working hypothesis about its early mod…Read more
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    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. Questions concerning the ontological status of bodies, 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 under…Read more
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    Spinoza’s Ethics: A Critical Guide ed. by Yitzhak Y. Melamed
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 56 (2): 373-374. 2018.
    This new Cambridge Critical Guide to Spinoza’s Ethics offers an extensive, thought-provoking, and up-to-date state of the scholarly conversation that surrounds one of Spinoza’s most studied masterpieces. The first six chapters address topics mostly related to parts one and two of the Ethics. Don Garrett discusses the identity of the attributes. Warren Zev Harvey suggests that Maimonides’s critique of final causes can be considered as an important source for Spinoza’s treatment of the same topic …Read more
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    Sulla compiutezza del De Intellectus Emendatione di Spinoza
    Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 65 (1). 2010.
    The Tractatus de intellectus emendatione was considered by a great part of scholars an incomplete work. In this essay, instead, the Author tries to explain how, on one hand, all is demanded by the method’s argument there’s in fact in the text, so its incomplete aspects are just formal, not about content. On the other hand, the theory, about the best knowledge of singular things should be deduced by the infinite order of ideas and eternal things, has many hard problems, because the infinite can’t…Read more
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    Divide et Impera: Modelling the Relationship between Canonical and Non-canonical Authors in the Early Modern Natural Philosophy Network
    with Daan Beers
    Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science. forthcoming.
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    In the third intermède of Le Malade Imaginaire, Molière imagines a sort of medical convention in which "the wisest experts and professors of Medicine" examine whether a bachelor candidate can be deemed to enter the medical profession. As the first question in this examination, the "Chief physician" asks, "What is the cause and reason [causam et rationem] why opium induces sleep?" The candidate answers without the least hesitation: "Because it contains a sleeping virtue [virtus dormitiva], whose …Read more
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    Instrumenta mentis. Contributi al lessico filosofico di Spinoza
    Giornale Critico Della Filosofia Italiana 7 (3): 693-695. 2011.
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