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Spinoza: Metaphysical Themes$
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Olli I. Koistinen and John I. Biro

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195128154

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019512815X.001.0001

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Concrete Logic

Concrete Logic

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(p.73) 4 Concrete Logic
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Spinoza: Metaphysical Themes
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Richard Mason

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019512815X.003.0005

This essay explores logical and physical readings of Spinoza’s Ethics. It argues that Spinoza made logic more like physics, rather than making physics into logic. A dichotomy between the metaphysical and physical is inappropriate in thinking about his work. One way to understand his approach is through quasi-Kantian terms, of making physics possible, although his work has left the question of what exists to those pursuing research to find out.

Keywords:   Spinoza, Ethics, logic, physics

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