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The Middle Spinoza

Charles Huenemann

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.003.0011
 The Middle Spinoza

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This essay explores Spinoza’s early work, Metaphysical Thoughts, which was published as an appendix to his commentary on Descartes’s Principles of Philosophy. It discusses four topics that illustrate the difference between Metaphysical Thoughts and both Descartes’s philosophy and Spinoza’s later philosophy: (1) the identity of the will and intellect in God, (2) the necessity of all things, (3) God’s moral character, and (4) the relation of creatures to God. These topics shed light on some aspects of Spinoza’s mature philosophy.

Keywords: Spinoza; Metaphysical Thoughts; Descartes; Principles of Philosophy; will; intellect; God; moral character

Chapter.  5646 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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