Preparing to Approach Spinoza

Jonathan Bennett

in Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 1

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780198250913
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597053 | DOI:

Series: Learning from Six Philosophers (2 Volumes)

 Preparing to Approach Spinoza

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Describes in what way Spinoza was a dualist and in what way a monist; his pantheism and its relation to atheism; his very special version of the so‐called ontological argument for the existence of God; his mind–body parallelism and rejection of mind–body interaction. His resolute naturalism: Wittgenstein's mockery about the mind as ‘a queer sort of medium’ hits Descartes but not Spinoza.

Keywords: Descartes; dualism; God; monism; ontological argument; pantheism; parallelism; Spinoza; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  11248 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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