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Mirroring Spinoza's Mind

Peter Dalton

in Spinoza: Metaphysical Themes

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195128154
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786008 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019512815X.003.0007
 Mirroring Spinoza's Mind

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This essay explores Spinoza’s theory of the mind. It argues that Spinoza’s theory is marred by obscurities, omissions, questionable inferences, a heavy dependence on theological view of reality, and incoherence. Fourteen Spinozistic theses about the mind are presented, and the most serious problems of the reconstructed theory are discussed. A model that functions like a Spinozistic mind that solves or avoids the problems is then described.

Keywords: Spinoza; theory of the mind; human mind; Spinozistic mind; causality

Chapter.  7624 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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