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Author Renz, Ursula, author.

Title The explainability of experience : realism and subjectivity in Spinoza's theory of the human mind / Ursula Renz
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2018


Description 1 online resource
Contents Cover; The Explainability of Experience; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Preface to the English Translation; Abbreviations; Introduction: The Explainability of Experience; a) Priority and Justification of Realistic Rationalism; b) The Different Levels of Spinoza's Theory of the Human Mind; c) Foundations of Knowledge: On the Structure of the Second Part of the Ethics; d) Method: The Argumentative Claim behind the mos geometricus; e) On the Structure of This Book; Part I; 1. Dissociating the Concept of Substance from the Concept of Subject
2. The Conception of Metaphysics in de Deo and Its Implicationsa) The Claim behind de Deo: Metaphysics as a General Ontology; b) Substance Monism as a Commitment to Realism; c) On the Categorical Difference between Substance and Mode; d) The Meta-​Theoretical Claim behind Spinoza's Necessitarianism and Its Implications for the Theory of Causality; e) What It Means for Humans or Human Minds to Be Modes; 3. The Concept of the Individual and Its Scope; a) When Is Something an Individual?; b) Physics and Metaphysics: Which Kinds of Entities Are Individuals?
C) Bodies Politic and Minds: Authentic and Inauthentic IndividualsPart II; 4. The Primacy of the Metaphysics over the Theory of the Mind; 5. The Concept of Idea and Its Logic; a) Ideas as Concepts of the Mind: The Definition of "Idea" in Context; b) Representational Content and Epistemic Value: The Problem of the Content of Ideas in Spinoza; c) Spinoza's Epistemic Determinism: The Rejection of the Spontaneity of Fictions; 6. The Justification of a Realist Rationalism; a) Thought as an Attribute: On the Reality of the Mental
B) The Assumption of an idea Dei: Intelligibility as a Property of Beingc) Necessity, Infinity, Uniqueness: From the Notion of Intelligibility to the Concept of Knowledge; 7. Body and Mind: What Spinoza's Theory of Identity Seeks to Achieve; Part III; 8. The Problem of the Numerical Difference between Subjects; 9. Finitude, or the Limited Knowability of Finite Things; a) Enduring Ideas of Enduring Things: Knowledge of the Existence of Singular Things and Its Empirical Origin; b) The Intelligibility of Events, or the Necessity of a View from Nowhere
10. The Definition of the Human Mind in Its Derivationa) The Actual Being of the Mind: The Mind Is Knowledge and Not Bearer of Knowledge; b) The Contents of the Mind: Holism and Adequacy, or the Human Mind as Part of the Infinite Intellect; c) The Functioning of the Mind: The Epistemic Prerequisite of the Awareness of Affections; d) The Non-​Transferability of the Mind: The Distinctive Objective Reality of Our Self-​Knowledge; 11. Panpsychism, or the Question "What Is the Subject of Experience?"; Interlude: The Function of Physics for Spinoza's Philosophy; Part IV
Summary This book reconstructs Spinoza's theory of the human mind against the backdrop of 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Ethica.
Ethica (Spinoza, Benedictus de) fast (OCoLC)fst01356339
Subject Ethics.
Philosophy of mind.
Knowledge, Theory of.
ethics (philosophy)
PHILOSOPHY -- History & Surveys -- Modern.
Knowledge, Theory of.
Philosophy of mind.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780199350179
Other Titles Erklärbarkeit von Erfahrung. English