Spinoza\'s Geometry of Power

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    This work examines the unique way in which Benedict de Spinoza 1632-77 combines two significant philosophical principles: that real existence requires causal power and that geometrical objects display exceptionally clearly how things have properties in virtue of their essences. Valtteri Viljanen argues that underlying Spinoza's psychology and ethics is a compelling metaphysical theory according to which each and every genuine thing is an entity of power endowed with an internal structure akin to that of geometrical objects. This allows Spinoza to offer a theory of existence and of action - human and non-human alike - as dynamic striving that takes place with the same kind of necessity and intelligibility that pertain to geometry. Viljanen's fresh and original study will interest a wide range of readers in Spinoza studies and early modern philosophy more generally.

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    Number of Pages: 210
    Format(s): Hardback - ISBN: 9781107007802
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    Listed in: c 1600 to c 1900, Metaphysics & ontology, Ethics & moral philosophy
    Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

    Books by Valtteri Viljanen

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