Spinoza on nature /
James Collins ; foreword by George Kimball Plochmann.
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1984.
vx, 333 p. ; 25 cm. --
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Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1984.
general note
Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 315-324.
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"The aim of this book is to examine Spinoza's novel (and heretical) view of God as nature [which] is infused into ev­erything else that Spinoza has to say on physics, physiology, psychology Scrip­tural exegesis and its social conse­quences, and political theory. . . . For Spinoza to have created a philosophy of the whole which yet retains its articula­tion of parts, was a signal contribution to the history of thought. And for a book written in our time to explicate fully, de­liberately, and clearly this contribution is itself an important addition to the scholarly thinking of the late twentieth century."--from the Foreword
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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.

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