“A Free Man Thinks of Nothing Less Than of Death”

Daniel Garber

in Early Modern Philosophy

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780195177602
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835553 | DOI:
 “A Free Man Thinks of Nothing Less Than of Death”

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Spinoza's doctrine of the eternal existence of the mind has given rise to an enormous amount of speculation, both as to what he meant by the doctrine and why he included it in the Ethics. This chapter presents an account of what exactly Spinoza means by eternity, and what he means when he claims that the mind exists eternally. Understanding what exactly Spinoza is claiming when he claims that the mind has eternal existence, the question as to the role that claim plays in Spinoza's philosophy can be addressed.

Keywords: Spinoza; Ethics; mind; eternity; eternal existence

Chapter.  9288 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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