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When Was Spinoza Not Young Any More?

Frédéric Manzini

in The Young Spinoza

Published in print May 2015 | ISBN: 9780199971657
Published online April 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199346127 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199971657.003.0013
When Was Spinoza Not Young Any More?

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This chapter poses the question: “When was Spinoza not young anymore?” As it points out, there is much discussion about whether Spinoza’s system was the same in his early works as in his Ethics. The chapter suggests that Spinoza’s coming of age—philosophically speaking—can be assigned to a single, crucial moment, namely the incompletion of his 1663 book, Descartes’ Principles of Philosophy, whose third part was never completed. Presumably, Spinoza’s decision to have the book published in this incomplete form attests to his resolution to abandon, rather than reform, Cartesianism.

Keywords: Spinoza; Descartes; Descartes’ Principles of Philosophy; Cartesianism; philosophy

Chapter.  3733 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy ; Metaphysics

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