Representation and the Mind-Body Problem in Spinoza [NOOK Book]

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This book offers a powerful new reading of Spinoza's philosophy of mind, the aspect of Spinoza's thought often regarded as the most profound and perplexing. Michael Della Rocca argues that interpreters of Spinoza's philosophy of mind have not paid sufficient attention to his causal barrier between the mental and the physical. The first half of the book shows how this barrier generates Spinoza's strong requirements for having an idea about an object. The second half of the book explains how this causal separation ...
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Representation and the Mind-Body Problem in Spinoza

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Overview

This book offers a powerful new reading of Spinoza's philosophy of mind, the aspect of Spinoza's thought often regarded as the most profound and perplexing. Michael Della Rocca argues that interpreters of Spinoza's philosophy of mind have not paid sufficient attention to his causal barrier between the mental and the physical. The first half of the book shows how this barrier generates Spinoza's strong requirements for having an idea about an object. The second half of the book explains how this causal separation underlies Spinoza's intriguing argument for mind-body identity. Della Rocca concludes his analysis by solving the famous problem of whether for Spinoza the distinction between attributes is real or somehow merely subjective.
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"A very rigorous, sophisticated and subtle treatment of central issues in Spinoza's philosophy of mind and knowledge....Della Rocca puts forward interpretations which are likely to be the subject of discussion among Spinoza for some years to come. In general, Della Rocca shows himself to be an original, subtle, and often brilliant expositor of Spinoza."—Nicholas Jolley, University of California, San Diego

"It will be a classic—'must' reading for Spinoza scholars, historians of philosophy in general, advanced students of the history of philosophy, and anyone interested in early mdoern cognitive psychology. It is one of the most exciting works in the history of philosophy that I have read in a long time....It deserves the widest possible readership."—Don Garrett, University of Utah

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195357318
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/21/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 373 KB

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
1 Introduction 3
2 Parallelism and Individuals 18
3 The Mind-Relativity of Content 44
4 Holism and the Causal Requirement on Representation 68
5 The Essence Requirement on Representation 84
6 Falsity 107
7 "One and the Same Thing" 118
8 Spinoza, Opacity, and the Mind-Body Problem 141
9 Attributes and Identity 157
Notes 173
Bibliography 207
Index of Passages Cited 215
General Index 219
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