• Gim GRECU PhD Candidate, “Al.I. Cuza” University of Iasi


Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, principle, rationalism, human being


The present paper enquires into some of the differences that occur from the principle com-mitments made by Rene Descartes, Thomas Hobbes and Baruch Spinoza in the develop-ment of their rational philosophies. More specifically, I will focus on what content is given by each for what a human being is in its most general explanation, and subsequently reveal the different course of their theories. Although they accept a science and a philosophy up-held by scientific methods and causal rationality as the criteria for all knowledge, the results are considerably different. The final approach will consider the ethical side of their phi-losophies, in regard to human freedom.


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