Nature and Necessity in Spinoza's Philosophy

Nature and Necessity in Spinoza's Philosophy

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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 of Don Garrett's articles on Spinoza's philosophy, ranging over the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, ethics, and
political philosophy.

Taken together, these influential articles provide a comprehensive interpretation of that philosophy, including Spinoza's theories of substance, thought and extension, causation, truth, knowledge, individuation, representation, consciousness, conatus, teleology, emotion, freedom, responsibility, virtue, contract, the state, and eternity-and the deep interrelations among them. Each article aims to resolve significant problems in the understanding of Spinoza's philosophy in such a way as to make
evident both his reasons for his views and the enduring value of his ideas. At the same time, Garrett's articles elucidate the relations between his philosophy and those of predecessors and contemporaries like Aristotle, Hobbes, Descartes, Locke, and Leibniz. Lastly, the volume offers important and
substantial replies to leading critics on four crucial topics: the necessary existence of God (Nature), substance monism, necessitarianism, and consciousness.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 552 pages
  • 165 x 239 x 40mm | 848g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195307771
  • 9780195307771
  • 1,093,185

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Anyone familiar with Bennett's classic will certainly want to seek out Garrett's book ... Highly recommended. * C. A. Colmo, CHOICE * There may initially seem to be no need for a collection of all of Don Garrett's "greatest hits" on Spinoza. Because Garrett's papers are very often timeless gems with which so many of us are already familiar, there may seem to be no call for such a collection. But this collection promises to deepen and extend the admiration of Garrett's fans -old and new -for an amazing body of work. Garrett's collection [also] includes several new instant classics -four substantial
postscripts -which defend and develop his earlier contributions. These postscripts remind us that Garrett is still bringing forth new essays on Spinoza to which we can look forward. * Michael Della Rocca, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
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About Don Garrett

Don Garrett is Silver Professor of Philosophy at New York University. He is the author of Hume and Cognition and Commitment in Hume's Philosophy, and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has served as co-editor of Hume Studies and as North American editor of Archiv fur Geschichte der Philosophie.
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