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Spinoza's Extended Substance

J. A. Cover

in New Essays on the Rationalists

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165418
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199868285 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195165411.003.0005
Spinoza's Extended Substance

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“Spinoza's Extended Substance: Cartesian and Leibnizian Reflections” This essay examines Woolhouse's interpretation of Spinoza's extended substance. According to that interpretation, the extended substance is a quasi‐Platonic form, and Spinoza's substance is not actually extended. This essay argues that the burden of defending such an interpretation is very great indeed, and requires that we read Spinoza's understanding of Descartes and Leibniz's understanding of Spinoza in unusual and awkward ways.

Keywords: J. A. Cover; Descartes; extended substance; extension; Leibniz; Spinoza; substance; Woolhouse

Chapter.  17153 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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