Philosophy and

Filozofia i koniunktura
Philosophy and "Conjecture" (from Descartes Politico).

Author(s): Antonio Negri
Subject(s): Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Renaissance Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy
Published by: Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza
Keywords: Descartes; conjuncture; Renaissance; memory; libertinism; God; bourgeoisie;

Summary/Abstract: In the text, which consists of the first two parts of the second chapter of Descartes Politico, Antonio Negri defines the change in the thought of René Descartes which took place at the end of the third decade of the 17th century. A crucial category in Descartes’ thought –conjuncture — is connected closely with the economic downturn and deep crisis of the Renaissance project. Negri tries to capture the moment of birth of the “baroque” Descartes and points to a dynamic tension between Descartes’ philosophy (at that particular moment) and a libertine worldview. This ambiguous relation with libertinism (which is the answer to the decline of Renaissance hopes and aspirations) is, according to Negri, the starting point for the Cartesian search for a way to overcome the crisis.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 19
  • Page Range: 104-123
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish