Roberto Evangelista
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ROSSI Tommaso,
Della mente sovrana del mondo
, a cura di R. Evangelista,
Napoli, ISPF Lab Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (“I quaderni del
Lab”, 1), 2014. ISBN 9788890871207.
Tommaso Rossi (1673-1743), Abbot of Montefusco in the Kingdom of
Naples, devoted his life to metaphysical and theological studies and had
epistolary relations with Giambattista Vico. In his philosophical works
Dell’animo dell’uomo
Della mente sovrana del mondo
(1743), he faced the
problem of human nature and of the nature of God’s mind, crossing
some key-questions in the philosophy of modern age, such as the mind-
body relation, the possibility for the human knowledge to know the
natural and divine things, and the definition of the matter. Tommaso
Rossi’s thought, hostile to all forms of atheism and materialism, took part
in the philosophical debate which, from Locke to Descartes and Spinoza,
tried to define the new field and the new role of natural science.
Della mente sovrana del mondo
(1743), whose third part is dedicated to the
exam of Spinoza’s philosophical system, is an important document,
not only of the reception of Spinoza, but also of the philosophical
redefinition for a cosmological and gnoseological order where the
human wit was going to play a very important role
Tommaso Rossi; Baruch Spinoza; Matter; Southern Italian culture;
Mind-body relation
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