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Necessity and Nature in Spinoza's Philosophy
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Necessity and Nature in Spinoza's Philosophy

Don Garrett

Abstract

Spinoza’s guiding commitment to the thesis that nothing exists or occurs outside of the scope of nature and its necessary laws makes him one of the great seventeenth-century exemplars of both philosophical naturalism and explanatory rationalism. Nature and Necessity in Spinoza’s Philosophy brings together for the first time eighteen articles by Don Garrett on Spinoza’s philosophy, ranging over the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, ethics, and political philosophy. Taken together, they provide a comprehensive analysis of Spinoza’s theories of substance, thought and extens ... More

Keywords: Spinoza, naturalism, necessitarianism, monism, substance, conatus, truth, consciousness, representation, freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780195307771
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195307771.001.0001

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Don Garrett, author
New York University

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Overview

Section I Necessity and God’s Nature

Section II Necessity, Truth, and Knowledge

Section III Nature as Necessarily Extended and Thinking

Section IV Teleology and Necessarily Striving Natures

Section V Naturalistic Representation and Consciousness

Section VI Naturalistic Ethics

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