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  1. Michael Della Rocca (ed.) (2013). The Oxford Handbook to Spinoza.
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  2. Michael Della Rocca (2011). Die erklärbarkeit Von erfahrung. Realismus und subjektivität in spinozas theorie Des menschlichen geistes (review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 49 (3):377-378.
    Can one have one's rationalism and subjectivity too? That is, can one endorse a full-blooded Principle of Sufficient Reason (PSR)—the claim that everything is intelligible—and yet regard experience of the world from a finite, subjective perspective as a genuine feature of that world? Many have thought not. Viewing the world sub specie aeternitatis—as rationalism seems to require—leaves no room for the arbitrary privileging of a particular spatio-temporal location that is often the hallmark of subjectivity. When faced with this apparent dilemma (...)
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  3. Michael Della Rocca (2011). Primitive Persistence and the Impasse Between Three-Dimensionalism and Four-Dimensionalism. Journal of Philosophy 108 (11):591-616.
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  4. Michael Della Rocca (2011). Taking the Fourth: Steps Toward a New (Old) Reading of Descartes. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 35 (1):93-110.
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  5. Michael Della Rocca (2010). Getting His Hands Dirty: Spinoza's Criticism of the Rebel. In Yitzhak Y. Melamed & Michael A. Rosenthal (eds.), Spinoza's 'Theological-Political Treatise': A Critical Guide. Cambridge University Press.
     
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  6. Michael Della Rocca (2009). Review of John Carriero, Between Two Worlds: A Reading of Descartes's Meditations. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (7).
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  7. Michael Della Rocca (2007). Spinoza and the Metaphysics of Scepticism. Mind 116 (464):851-874.
    Spinoza's response to a certain radical form of scepticism has deep and surprising roots in his rationalist metaphysics. I argue that Spinoza's commitment to the Principle of Sufficient Reason leads to his naturalistic rejection of certain sharp, inexplicable bifurcations in reality such as the bifurcations that a Cartesian system posits between mind and body and between will and intellect. I show how Spinoza identies and rejects a similar bifurcation between the representational character of ideas or mental states and the epistemic (...)
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  8. Michael Della Rocca (2005). Descartes-Inseparability-Almog. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 70 (3):701–708.
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  9. Michael Della Rocca (2005). Descartes, the Cartesian Circle, and Epistemology Without God. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 70 (1):1–33.
    This paper defends an interpretation of Descartes according to which he sees us as having normative (and not merely psychological) certainty of all clear and distinct ideas during the period in which they are apprehended clearly and distinctly. However, on this view, a retrospective doubt about clear and distinct ideas is possible. This interpretation allows Descartes to avoid the Cartesian Circle in an effective way and also shows that Descartes is surprisingly, in some respects, an epistemological externalist. The paper goes (...)
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  10. Michael Della Rocca (2005). Review: Descartes-Inseparability-Almog. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 70 (3):701 - 708.
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  11. Michael Della Rocca (2005). Two Spheres, Twenty Spheres, and the Identity of Indiscernibles. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 86 (4):480–492.
    I argue that the standard counterexamples to the identity of indiscernibles fail because they involve a commitment to a certain kind of primitive or brute identity that has certain very unpalatable consequences involving the possibility of objects of the same kind completely overlapping and sharing all the same proper parts. The only way to avoid these consequences is to reject brute identity and thus to accept the identity of indiscernibles. I also show how the rejection of the identity of indiscernibles (...)
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  12. Michael Della Rocca (2003). A Rationalist Manifesto. Philosophical Topics 31 (1/2):75-93.
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  13. Michael Della Rocca (2002). Essentialism Versus Essentialism. In Tamar Szabo Gendler & John Hawthorne (eds.), Conceivability and Possibility. Clarendon Press.
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  14. Robert M. Adams, Janet Broughton, John Carriero, Michael Della Rocca, Daniel Garber, Don Garrett, Paul Hoffman, Christia Mercer, Steven Nadler, Marleen Rozemond, Donald Rutherford, Margaret D. Wilson & David Wong (1999). The Rationalists: Critical Essays on Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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  15. Michael Della Rocca (1998). Frankfurt, Fischer and Flickers. Noûs 32 (1):99-105.
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  16. Michael Della Rocca (1997). Representation and the Mind-Body Problem in Spinoza. Oup Usa.
    Della Rocca concentrates on two problems crucial to Spinoza's philosophy of mind: the requirements for having a thought about a particular object, and the problem of the mind's relation to the body. He contends that for Spinoza these two problems are linked and thus part of a systematic philosophy of mind.
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  17. Michael Della Rocca (1996). Essentialists and Essentialism. Journal of Philosophy 93 (4):186-202.
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  18. Michael Della Rocca (1996). Essentialism: Part 2. Philosophical Books 37 (2):81-89.
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  19. Michael Della Rocca (1996). Part of Nature. Philosophical Review 105 (1):116-118.
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  20. Michael Della Rocca (1993). Kripke's Essentialist Argument Against the Identity Theory. Philosophical Studies 69 (1):101 - 112.