Collins’ method is to make an internal textual study of Spinoza’s doctrine on nature with emphasis on his general model of nature that underlies and governs his arguments on particular issues. Separate chapters are devoted to each of his early writings. Two chapters discuss the Ethics. Collins concludes with a unifying view of Spinoza’s perspective on nature that has a bearing upon many contemporary philosophical issues.
About the Author
James Collins is Professor of Philosophy, St. Louis University, past President of the Metaphysical Society of America and the American Catholic Philosophical Association. His most recent book is History of Philosophy in the Making.