Explaining the Parallelism
Spinoza's bad arguments for his thesis of mind–body parallelism are discussed. Then a close analysis of the great scholium to IIp7 leads to a much better argument. This brings in Spinoza's definition of ‘attribute’, a much‐controverted item, which can be seen to be plain and simple and the right thing for him to say, as soon as one attends carefully to its actual wording. The chapter also discuses and explains Spinoza's use of ‘express’: attributes that express God's essence, and so do modes.
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