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Summary Roughly speaking, research on Spinoza's philosophy of mind concerns the nature of the mind, its elements, and its mechanisms -- i.e., what it is, what its parts are, and how it works. The papers under the first category -- the nature of the mind -- therefore concern the mind-body problem, broadly construed, which relates in Spinoza to mind-body parallelism and panpsychism, as well as the issue of consciousness. Topics of personal identity and the mind's eternity are also discussed. The second category concerns particular elements of Spinoza's psychological theory, including ideas, imagination, reason and intuition. The third category herein explores how the mind works; such papers therefore explore the conatus, or essential striving, of the mind, as well as the dynamics of the affects.
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  1. Affirmation, Judgment, and Epistemic Theodicy in Descartes and Spinoza.Martin Lin - forthcoming - In Brian Ball & Christoph Schuringa (eds.), The Act and Object of Judgment. New York: Routledge.
  2. Spinoza's Psychology and Social Psychology.Etienne Balibar, Helmut Seidel & Manfred Walther - 1992
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  3. Spinoza's Version of the Eternity of the Mind.Genevieve Lloyd - 1986 - In Marjorie G. Grene & Debra Nails (eds.), Spinoza and the Sciences. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 211--233.
  4. Explicable Explainers: The Problem of Mental Dispositions in Spinoza’s Ethics.Ursula Renz - 2009 - In Debating Dispositions: Issues in Metaphysics, Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 79-98.
  5. Spinoza's Geometry of Power. [REVIEW]John Morrison - 2013 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (3):610-613.
    A book review of Valtteri Viljanen's "Spinoza’s Geometry of Power".
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  6. Spinoza, by Alan Donagan.Don Garrett - 1991 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 51 (4):952-955.
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  7. Spinoza and Mental Health.Paul Wienpahl - 1972 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 15 (1-4):64 – 94.
    With the proviso that Spinoza's concerns were philosophical, not medical, we examine the Ethics with a view to bringing out those aspects of it which are of import for mental health. We find that the Ethics surrounds the idea that man can be egoless in the Buddhist sense of that term. This concept provides a criterion of mental health. Further, according to Spinoza's theory of the Affections, those which are passive include some which are based on pain. These he 'enumerates (...)
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  8. Rationalism Run Amok : Representation and the Reality of Emotions in Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 2008 - In Charles Huenemann (ed.), Interpreting Spinoza: Critical Essays. Cambridge University Press.
Spinoza: Affects
  1. (Non-)Belief in Things: Affect Theory and A New Literary Materialism.Neil Vallelly - 2019 - In Stephen Ahern (ed.), A Feel for the Text: Affect Theory and Literary Critical Practice. New York, NY, USA: pp. 45-63.
    This chapter argues that contemporary literary criticism suffers from a reflexive faith in things, conceived broadly as static objects that reflect wider political, social, and cultural practices. Literature is re-imagined here as an open-ended event that demands an immanent materialism in which distinctions between literary objects and human bodies no longer stand up. By reflecting on the ambiguous “thing-ness” of Shakespeare, Vallelly draws attention to the elusive nature of things in theatrical spaces, and explores how this enigmatic materiality can be (...)
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  2. Depression and the Emotions: An Argument for Cultivating Cheerfulness.Derek McAllister - 2018 - Philosophia 46 (3):771-784.
    In this paper, I offer an argument for cultivating cheerfulness as a remedy to sadness and other emotions, which, in turn, can provide some relief to certain cases of depression. My thesis has two tasks: first, to establish the link between cheerfulness and sadness, and second, to establish the link between sadness and depression. In the course of accomplishing the first task, I show that a remedy of cultivating cheerfulness to counter sadness is supported by philosophers as diverse as Thomas (...)
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  3. Spinoza, Ecology, and Immanent Ethics: Beside Moral Considerability.Oli Stephano - 2017 - Environmental Philosophy 14 (2):317-338.
    This paper develops an immanent ecological ethics that locates human flourishing within sustaining ecological relationships. I outline the features of an immanent ethics drawn from Spinoza, and indicate how this model addresses gaps left by approaches based in moral considerability. I argue that an immanent ecological ethics provides unique resources for contesting anthropogenic harm, by 1) shifting the focus from what qualifies as a moral subject to what bodies can or cannot do under particular relations, 2) emphasizing the constitutive role (...)
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  4. Is Spinoza’s Theory of Finite Mind Coherent? – Death, Affectivity and Epistemology in the Ethics.Oliver Istvan Toth - 2017 - The Concept of Affectivity in Early Modern Philosophy.
    In this paper I examine the question whether Spinoza can account for the necessity of death. I argue that he cannot because within his ethical intellectualist system the subject cannot understand the cause of her death, since by understanding it renders it harmless. Then, I argue that Spinoza could not solve this difficulties because of deeper commitments of his system. At the end I draw a historical parallel to the problem from medieval philosophy.
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  5. Affect, Desire, and Judgement in Spinoza's Account of Motivation.Justin Steinberg - 2016 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 24 (1):67-87.
    Two priority problems frustrate our understanding of Spinoza on desire [cupiditas]. The first problem concerns the relationship between desire and the other two primary affects, joy [laetitia] and sadness [tristitia]. Desire seems to be the oddball of this troika, not only because, contrary to the very definition of an affect, desires do not themselves consist in changes in one's power of acting, but also because desire seems at once more and less basic than joy and sadness. The second problem concerns (...)
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  6. Spinoza on Emotion and Akrasia.Christiaan Remmelzwaal - unknown
    The objective of this doctoral dissertation is to interpret the explanation of akrasia that the Dutch philosopher Benedictus Spinoza gives in his work The Ethics. One is said to act acratically when one intentionally performs an action that one judges to be worse than another action which one believes one might perform instead. In order to interpret Spinoza’s explanation of akrasia, a large part of this dissertation investigates Spinoza’s theory of emotion. The first chapter is introductory and outlines Spinoza’s categorisation (...)
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  7. Frédéric Lordon. Willing Slaves of Capital: Spinoza and Marx on Desire., Trans., Gabriel Ash. London: Verso, 2014. 224 Pp. [REVIEW]Abhijeet Paul - 2015 - Critical Inquiry 41 (4):903-904.
  8. 2. Power, Affect, Knowledge: Nietzsche on Spinoza.David Wollenberg - 2015 - In Bartholomew Ryan, Maria Joao Mayer Branco & João Constancio (eds.), Nietzsche and the Problem of Subjectivity. De Gruyter. pp. 65-94.
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  9. Affects and Activity in Leibniz's De Affectibus.Markku Roinila - 2015 - In Adrian Nita (ed.), Leibniz’s Metaphysics and Adoption of Substantial Forms: Between Continuity and Transformation. Springer. pp. 73-88.
    In this paper I will discuss the doctrine of substance which emerges from Leibniz’s unpublished early memoir De affectibus of 1679. The memoir marks a new stage in Leibniz’s views of the mind. The motivation for this change can be found in Leibniz’s rejection of the Cartesian theory of passion and action in the 1670s. His early Aristotelianism and some features of Cartesianism persisted to which Leibniz added influences from Hobbes and Spinoza. His nascent dynamical concept of substance is seemingly (...)
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  10. Animal Affects: Spinoza and the Frontiers of the Human.Hasana Sharp - 2011 - Journal for Critical Animal Studies 9 (1-2):48-68.
    Like any broad narrative about the history of ideas, this one involves a number of simplifications. My hope is that by taking a closer look Spinoza's notorious remarks on animals, we can understand better why it becomes especially urgent in this period as well as our own for philosophers to emphasize a distinction between human and nonhuman animals. In diagnosing the concerns that give rise to the desire to dismiss the independent purposes of animals, we may come to focus on (...)
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  11. Conscience Et Connaissance Experientielle: Le Role des Affects Dans la Progression Ethique Chez Spinoza.Syliane Charles - 2002 - Dissertation, University of Ottawa (Canada)
    La double question a la source de ce travail est la suivante: comment le mecanisme du progres dans la connaissance se deploie-t-il exactement chez Spinoza, et pourquoi ce processus cognitif, relie aux idees qu'on possede, est-il en meme temps un processus ethique, relie a la joie et au bonheur? On constate que le champ de l'ethique n'est pas, a proprement parler, celui de la connaissance, mais celui du progres dans la connaissance, qui s'acheve par une conscience superieure de soi, de (...)
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  12. Affects et conscience chez Spinoza. L'automatisme dans le progres éthique.Syliane Malinowski-Charles - 2006 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 68 (3):662-662.
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  13. The Power of the Affects.Alejandro E. de Acosta - 2002 - Dissertation, State University of New York at Binghamton
    This dissertation concerns the affects, defined as bodily intensities and as pre-personal productive or creative feelings. Here, the affects are not simply passions; they precede the distinction between activity and passivity. These definitions correspond to the intuition expressed in philosophies of time and experience, that something is always happening in or to bodies. According to this intuition, events and processes always pertain to bodies, and what happens to bodies is experienced as affects: corporeal intensities, blocks of lived timespace, which can (...)
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  14. Spinoza, or, The Power of Desire.Camille DumiliÉ - 2003 - Pli 14.
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  15. Healing the Mind. The Philosophy of Spinoza Adapted for a New Age. [REVIEW]Robert Parmach - 2005 - Philosophical Practice 1 (3):189-192.
  16. Radical Cartesian Politics and Spinoza's Change of Mind.Tammy Marie Nyden-Bullock - 2003 - Dissertation, The Claremont Graduate University
    In this dissertation, I trace the development of Spinoza's philosophy of mind throughout his corpus. I argue that understanding the development of his thought, as well as its historical context, helps us understand how Spinoza's mature system fits together. Owing to the complexity and systematic nature of Spinoza's philosophy, along with the tendency in the literature to study his Ethics in isolation, the importance of such connections for the proper understanding of any particular area of his thought is often overlooked. (...)
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  17. The Susceptibility of Intuitive Knowledge to Akrasia in Spinoza's Ethical Thought.Sanem Soyarslan - 2014 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (4):725-747.
    Spinoza unequivocally states in the Ethics that intuitive knowledge is more powerful than reason. Nonetheless, it is not clear what exactly this greater power promises in the face of the passions. Does this mean that intuitive knowledge is not liable to akrasia? Ronald Sandler offers what, to my knowledge, is the only explicit answer to this question in recent Spinoza scholarship. According to Sandler, intuitive knowledge, unlike reason, is not susceptible to akrasia. This is because, intuitive knowledge enables the knower (...)
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  18. The Spiritual Automaton: Spinoza’s Science of the Mind by Eugene Marshall.Michael LeBuffe - 2014 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 52 (4):846-847.
  19. Eugene Marshall , The Spiritual Automaton: Spinoza’s Science of the Mind . Reviewed By. [REVIEW]Alex Silverman - 2014 - Philosophy in Review 34 (5):251-253.
  20. Pode o Conhecimento Dar Alguma Alegria? Uma Interpretação da "Melancolia I ", de Albrecht Dürer, a Partir da "Ética" de Spinoza.Marcos Ferreira de Paula - 2014 - Kriterion: Revista de Filosofia 55 (130):597-618.
    Este artigo busca interpretar a gravura "Melancolia I", do renascentista alemão Albrecht Dürer, segundo o pano de fundo filosófico do pensamento de Spinoza. A ideia central é a de que, nessa gravura, haveria uma intuição artístico-filosófica pela qual Dürer foi levado a associar a tristeza melancólica à ideia de um conhecimento confuso e turvado pela imaginação. Tal intuição se completaria numa outra gravura, criada no mesmo ano, o "São Jerônimo em seu gabinete", na qual a melancolia do "homem de cultura" (...)
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  21. The role of affects in the political thought of Spinoza.Vicente Serrano - 2014 - Ideas Y Valores 63 (154):31-57.
    Se analizan los más tradicionales aspectos vinculados a la teoría política spinozista, la teoría del contrato y la crítica de la religión, en estrecha relación con la Ética y con el tratamiento de las relaciones entre afectos e imaginación, que se considera como el núcleo de su pensamiento político. Se interpreta así la idea de conatus desde una doble dimensión, política y ontológica, cuya articulación con las otras categorías recogidas en la Ética, especialmente con relación a los afectos, ofrece una (...)
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  22. Natural Passions, Reason and Religious Emotion in Hobbes & Spinoza.Amy M. Schmitter - 2011 - In Ingolf U. Dalferth & Michael Rodgers (eds.), Passions and Passivity: Claremont Studies in Religion 2009. Mohr Siebeck. pp. 49-68.
  23. Bennett on Spinoza's Philosophical Psychotherapy.Olli Koistinen - 1998 - Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy.
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  24. The Affects as a Condition of Human Freedom in Spinoza's Ethics.Ursula Goldenbaum - 2004 - In Yirmiahu Yovel (ed.). Little Room Press.
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  25. Human Affects as Properties of Cognitions in Spinoza's Philosophical Psychotherapy.Amihud Gilead - 1999 - In Yirmiyahu Yovel (ed.). Little Room Press. pp. 169--181.
    The Spinozistic essence is the factor of individuation of a particular or individual thing. Affects or emotions are properties of an essence, which, under the attribute of thought, is an idea, i.e., cognition. Such essence is the human mind, which is the idea of a particular actual body. Since our emotions are properties of our cognitions, whether adequate or not, concerning the state of our body, which reflects nature as a whole in a particular way, I entitle Spinoza’s theory of (...)
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  26. Action in Spinoza's Account of Affectivity.Lee Rice - 1999 - In Yirmiyahu Yovel (ed.). Little Room Press. pp. 155--168.
    Despite the considerable attention given to Spinoza’s account of affectivity, especially in recent years, scant attention has been paid to the distinction between action and passion, or to the problems which it presents internally and externally. This essay offers a clarification and defense of Spinoza’s account of action and passion. A second theme is the behavioristic nature of Spinoza’s account of human affectivity. Despite the bad press which behaviorism is receiving these days, I argue that the behavioristic aspects of Spinoza’s (...)
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  27. Spinoza Et le Probleme de L'Akrasia: Un Aspect Neglige de l'Ordo Geometricus.Jacques Henri Gagnon - 2002 - Philosophiques 29 (1):57--71.
    The question of the weakness of the will, traditionally named akrasia after Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (Book III), is tackled in part 4 of Spinoza’s Ethics. After a brief presentation of this problematic in the Ethics, the author shows how the geometrical order chosen by Spinoza to write his book constitutes a great part of the strategy put in place to concretely resolve this question.
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  28. Egoism and the Imitation of Affects in Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 2004 - In Yirmiahu Yovel (ed.), Spinoza on Reason and the Free Man. Little Room Press.
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  29. Ethica Iv : Spinoza on Reason and the "Free Man" : Papers Presented at the Fourth Jerusalem Conference.Yirmiyahu Yovel & Gideon Segal (eds.) - 2004 - Little Room Press.
  30. Nostri Corporis Affectus: Can an Affect in Spinoza Be 'of the Body'?Jean Marie Beyssade - 1999 - In Yirmiyahu Yovel (ed.). Little Room Press. pp. 113--128.
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  31. Affects Et Conscience Chez Spinoza.Syliane Malinowski Charles (ed.) - 2004 - Georg Olms.
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  32. Spinoza's Causal Theory of the Affects.Donald Davidson - 1999 - In Yirmiahu Yovel (ed.). Little Room Press.
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  33. Action and Passion: Spinoza's Construction of a Scientific Psychology.Marx Wartofsky - 1973 - In Marjorie Grene (ed.). Anchor Books.
  34. Descartes and Spinoza on the Passions.Noa Naaman (ed.) - forthcoming - Cambridge University Press.
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  35. Spinoza's Amor Dei Intellectualis.Yitzhak Melamed - forthcoming - In Noa Naaman (ed.), Descartes and Spinoza on the Passions. Cambridge University Press.
    The notion of divine love was essential to medieval Christian conceptions of God. Jewish thinkers, though, had a much more ambivalent attitude about this issue. While Maimonides was reluctant to ascribe love, or any other affect, to God, Gersonides and Crescas celebrated God’s love. Though Spinoza is clearly sympathetic to Maimonides’ rejection of divine love as anthropomorphism, he attributes love to God nevertheless, unfolding his notion of amor Dei intellectualis at the conclusion of his Ethics. But is this a legitimate (...)
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  36. Man Is A God to Man: How Human Beings Can Be Adequate Causes.Eugene Marshall - 2014 - In Matthew Kisner & Andrew Youpa (eds.), Essays on Spinoza's Ethical Theory. Oxford University Press.
  37. Beyond Personal Feelings and Collective Emotions: Toward a Theory of Social Affect.R. Seyfert - 2012 - Theory, Culture and Society 29 (6):27-46.
    In the Sociology of Emotion and Affect Studies, affects are usually regarded as an aspect of human beings alone, or of impersonal or collective atmospheres. However, feelings and emotions are only specific cases of affectivity that require subjective inner selves, while the concept of ‘atmospheres’ fails to explain the singularity of each individual case. This article develops a theory of social affect that does not reduce affect to either personal feelings or collective emotions. First, I use a Spinozist understanding of (...)
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  38. Spinoza Contra Phenomenology: French Rationalism From Cavaillès to Deleuze.Knox Peden - 2014 - Stanford University Press.
    Spinoza Contra Phenomenology fundamentally recasts the history of postwar French thought, typically presumed to have been driven by a critique of reason indebted to Nietzsche and Heidegger. Although the reception of phenomenology gave rise to many innovative developments in French philosophy, from existentialism to deconstruction, not everyone in France was pleased with this German import. This book recounts how a series of French philosophers used Spinoza to erect a bulwark against the nominally irrationalist tendencies of phenomenology. From its beginnings in (...)
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  39. Rationalism Versus Subjective Experience: The Problem of the Two Minds in Spinoza.Syliane Malinowski-Charles - 2011 - In Smith Justin & Fraenkel Carlos (eds.), The Rationalists. Springer/Synthese. pp. 123--143.
  40. Spinoza, Nietzsche, Deleuze: An Other Discourse of Desire.Alan D. Schrift - 2000 - In Hugh J. Silverman (ed.), Philosophy and Desire. Routledge. pp. 7--173.
  41. Spinoza on the Passionate Dimension of Philosophical Reasoning.Susan James - 2012 - In Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (ed.), Emotional Minds. De Gruyter. pp. 71.
    Book synopsis: The thoroughly contemporary question of the relationship between emotion and reason was debated with such complexity by the philosophers of the 17th century that their concepts remain a source of inspiration for today’s research about the emotionality of the mind. The analyses of the works of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, and many other thinkers collected in this volume offer new insights into the diversity and significance of philosophical reflections about emotions during the early modern era. A focus is placed (...)
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  42. Spinoza on Imagination and the Affects.Lisa Shapiro - 2012 - In Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (ed.), Emotional Minds. De Gruyter. pp. 89.
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