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The Explainability of Experience: Realism and Subjectivity in Spinoza's Theory of the Human Mind

Ursula Renz


This book provides a novel interpretation of Spinoza’s Ethics, and his views on the human mind in particular, by showing how the text—both as a whole and in a multitude of details—is motivated by the twofold notion that subjective experience is explainable and that its successful explanation is of ethical relevance, because it makes us wiser, freer, and happier. It argues that this allows Spinoza to reconcile seemingly inconsistent convictions, viz., on the one hand, the assumption that experience is irreducibly subjective and, on the other, that there are better and worse explanations of expe ... More

Keywords: Spinoza, mind, philosophy of mind, epistemology, human subject, experience, mental content, realism, rationalism, Ethics

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199350162
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199350162.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ursula Renz, author
University of Klagenfurt

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