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Jonathan Bennett

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198250916.001.0001

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Explaining the Parallelism

Explaining the Parallelism

(p.151) Chapter 8 Explaining the Parallelism
Learning from Six Philosophers Volume 1

Jonathan Bennett

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   attribute, expression, parallelism, Spinoza

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