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The Metaphysics of the Material World: Suárez, Descartes, Spinoza

Tad M. Schmaltz


This book traces a particular development of the metaphysics of the material world in early modern thought. The route it follows derives from a critique of Spinoza in the work of Pierre Bayle. Bayle charged in particular that Spinoza’s monistic conception of the material world founders on the account of extension and its “modes” and parts that he inherited from Descartes, and that Descartes in turn inherited from late scholasticism, and ultimately from Aristotle. After an initial discussion of Bayle’s critique of Spinoza and its relation to Aristotle’s distinction between substance and acciden ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, Bayle, continuous quantity, Descartes, material world, metaphysics, mode, part, Spinoza, Suárez

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190070229
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190070229.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tad M. Schmaltz, author
Professor of Philosophy and James B. and Grace J. Nelson Fellow, University of Michigan