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Spinozas Geometry of Power Valtteri Viljanen

Spinozas Geometry of Power

Valtteri Viljanen

Published June 12th 2014
ISBN : 9781107417380
Paperback
210 pages
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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 haveMoreThis 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 Spinozas 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. Viljanens fresh and original study will interest a wide range of readers in Spinoza studies and early modern philosophy more generally.