Anthropological Pessimism, Commerce, and Economy: From Hobbes to Montesquieu

Matias Leiva*

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Abstract

In this article we will approach Hobbes’ anthropological considerations about the new ways of understanding human nature in the modern era and, therefore, economy and commerce. We will try to show the reception of Hobbes’ anthropology in Montesquieu and prove it was used as base for the construction of a model of society based on commerce. Then, we will argue that, in Montesquieu’s theory, it was discovered that passions could be used so they may have a positive effect on economy and commercial development. Finally, we will consider the problems and difficulties that rise from such a proposal and the anthropological implications it has.

Translated title of the contributionAnthropological Pessimism, Commerce, and Economy: From Hobbes to Montesquieu
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)453-473
Number of pages21
JournalRevista de Filosofia (Venzuela)
Volume38
Issue number98
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

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