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Spinoza on Reason

Michael LeBuffe


In metaphysics, Spinoza associates reasons with causes or explanations. He contends that there is a reason for whatever exists and whatever does not exist. In his account of the human mind, Spinoza makes reason a peculiarly powerful kind of idea and the only source of our knowledge of objects in experience. In his moral theory, Spinoza introduces dictates of reason, which are action-guiding prescriptions. In politics, Spinoza suggests that reason, with religion, motivates cooperation in society. Reason shapes Spinoza’s philosophy, and central debates about Spinoza—including his place in the hi ... More

Keywords: Spinoza, reason, European Enlightenment, history of philosophy, Ethics, Theological Political Treatise

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190845803
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190845803.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael LeBuffe, author
University of Otago

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