Comments on Ayers ‘Spinoza, Platonism and Naturalism’


in Rationalism, Platonism and God

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264201
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734670 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Comments on Ayers ‘Spinoza, Platonism and Naturalism’

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This chapter comments on Michael Ayers’ chapter on the strands of Platonism and naturalism in philosopher Baruch Spinoza’s metaphysics. It explains the sources of Spinoza’s Platonism and his departure from Platonism and suggests that Spinoza’s epistemology is deeply subversive of Platonism. It argues that a case can be made for Spinoza’s having a stronger debt to Platonism, even in the area which in which Ayers identified as the least Platonic aspect of his philosophy.

Keywords: Platonism; naturalism; Baruch Spinoza; metaphysics; Michael Ayers; epistemology

Chapter.  4126 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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