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Immanent Cause, Acosmism, and the Distinction between ‘Modes of God’ and ‘Modes of an Attribute’

Yitzhak Y. Melamed

in Spinoza's Metaphysics

Published in print August 2013 | ISBN: 9780195394054
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199347476 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394054.003.0002
Immanent Cause, Acosmism, and the Distinction between ‘Modes of God’ and ‘Modes of an Attribute’

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In the second chapter I explain the nature of immanent cause in Spinoza. I discuss and criticize the German Idealists’ acosmist interpretation of Spinoza according to which Spinoza revived the radical monism of the Eleatics and assigned no genuine reality to modes. Finally, I draw a crucial distinction, implicit in Spinoza's text, between modes of particular attributes, and modes under all attributes.

Keywords: Immanent cause; Inherence; Hegel; Acosmism; Monism; Salomon Maimon; Aspects; Modes of God vs. Modes of the Attributes

Chapter.  13893 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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