Representation and the Mind-Body Problem in Spinoza by Michael Della Rocca

Representation and the Mind-Body Problem in Spinoza

byMichael Della Rocca

Hardcover | November 1, 1994

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This first extensive study of Spinoza's philosophy of mind concentrates on two problems crucial to the philosopher's thoughts on the matter: the requirements for having a thought about a particular object, and the problem of the mind's relation to the body. Della Rocca contends that Spinoza'spositions are systematically connected with each other and with a principle at the heart of his metaphysical system: his denial of causal or explanatory relations between the mental and the physical. In this way, Della Rocca's exploration of these two problems provides a new and illuminatingperspective on Spinoza's philosophy as a system.

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Michael Della Rocca is at Yale University.
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Title:Representation and the Mind-Body Problem in SpinozaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.45 × 6.3 × 0.83 inPublished:November 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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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 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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"The arguments are presented with impressive clarity and in great detail....the book is a significant contribution to the literature on Spinoza's metaphysics ad epistemology, and should be read by anyone with a serious interest in its historical subject or in the two perennial philosophicalproblems on which it focuses....[an] ambitious, stimulating book."--The Philosophical Review