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The Necessity of Finite Modes and Geometrical Containment in Spinoza's Metaphysics

Charles Huenemann

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/10.1093/0195165411.003.0010
The Necessity of Finite Modes and Geometrical Containment in Spinoza's Metaphysics

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This essay argues that Spinoza believed that each finite mode is absolutely necessitated by God's nature and is causally necessitated by the laws of nature in conjunction with other finite modes. A geometrical analogy from Part 2 of the Ethics is employed in order to give a more suggestive account of the ways in which all things are necessary, according to Spinoza.

Keywords: causation; Curley; finite modes; Garrett; Charles Huenemannmode; necessitarianism; necessity; Spinoza

Chapter.  8905 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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