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  1. Spinoza on Conatus, Inertia, and the Impossibility of Self-Destruction.Filip A. A. Buyse - 2016 - Society and Politics 10 (2):115-134.
    Spinoza (1632-1677) writes in the fourth proposition of the third part of his masterpiece, the Ethics (1677), the bold statement that self-destruction is impossible. This view seems to be very hard to understand given the fact that in our western world we have recently been confronted with an increasing number of suicides, all of which are - per definition – ―actions of killing oneself deliberately‖. Firstly, this article aims at showing, based on the last chapter of the first part of (...)
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Spinoza: Mathematics and Logic
  1. Hasdai Crescas and Spinoza on Actual Infinity and the Infinity of God’s Attributes.Yitzhak Melamed - 2014 - In Steven Nadler (ed.), Spinoza and Jewish Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. pp. 204-215.
    The seventeenth century was an important period in the conceptual development of the notion of the infinite. In 1643, Evangelista Torricelli (1608-1647)—Galileo’s successor in the chair of mathematics in Florence—communicated his proof of a solid of infinite length but finite volume. Many of the leading metaphysicians of the time, notably Spinoza and Leibniz, came out in defense of actual infinity, rejecting the Aristotelian ban on it, which had been almost universally accepted for two millennia. Though it would be another two (...)
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  2. Spinoza and Euclidean Arithmetic: The Example of the Fourth Proportional.Alexandre Matheron - 1986 - In Marjorie G. Grene & Debra Nails (eds.), Spinoza and the Sciences. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 125--150.
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  3. Between Infinity and Community: Notes on Materialism in Spinoza and Leopardi.Antonio Negri - 1989 - Studia Spinozana: An International and Interdisciplinary Series 5:151-176.
  4. What is a Mathematical Truth? In Spinoza and Leibniz.Elhanan Yakira - 1990 - Studia Spinozana: An International and Interdisciplinary Series 6:73-101.
  5. Actual Infinity: A Note on the Crespas-Passus in Spinoza's Letter (12) to Lodewijg Meijer.Wim Klever - 1994 - Studia Spinozana: An International and Interdisciplinary Series 10:111-120.
  6. Spinoza's Library: The Mathematical and Scientific Works.Henri Krop - 2013 - Intellectual History Review 23 (1):25-43.
  7. Nieuwe argumenten tegen de toeschrijving Van het auteurschap Van de „stelkonstige reeckening Van den regenboog” en „reeckening Van kanssen” aan Spinoza.W. N. A. Klever - 1985 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 47 (3):493 - 502.
    An accurate analysis of the text shows that the small treatises have a logical structure and a style which is in all aspects unspinozistic. The main points of difference are : a formalistic interpretation of mathematics‚ the opposition between mathematics and physics‚ slavish cartesianism‚ the presence of numerous pleonasms‚ carelessness of expression‚ parade of learning‚ prolixity‚ attention for irrelevant qualities of authors quoted‚ educational purpose. Together with De Vet’s demonstration that the author of SRR and RK is still alive in (...)
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  8. "The Order and Connection of Things" - Are They Constructed Mathematically-Deductively According to Spinoza?Amihud Gilead - 1985 - Kant-Studien 76 (1-4):72-78.
  9. Spinoza and the Philosophy of Science: Mathematics, Motion, and Being.Eric Schliesser - manuscript
    This chapter argues that the standard conception of Spinoza as a fellow-travelling mechanical philosopher and proto-scientific naturalist is misleading. It argues, first, that Spinoza’s account of the proper method for the study of nature presented in the Theological-Political Treatise (TTP) points away from the one commonly associated with the mechanical philosophy. Moreover, throughout his works Spinoza’s views on the very possibility of knowledge of nature are decidedly sceptical (as specified below). Third, in the seventeenth-century debates over proper methods in the (...)
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  10. A Tale of Two Thinkers, One Meeting, and Three Degrees of Infinity: Leibniz and Spinoza (1675–8).Ohad Nachtomy - 2011 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (5):935-961.
    The article presents Leibniz's preoccupation (in 1675?6) with the difference between the notion of infinite number, which he regards as impossible, and that of the infinite being, which he regards as possible. I call this issue ?Leibniz's Problem? and examine Spinoza's solution to a similar problem that arises in the context of his philosophy. ?Spinoza's solution? is expounded in his letter on the infinite (Ep.12), which Leibniz read and annotated in April 1676. The gist of Spinoza's solution is to distinguish (...)
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  11. The Reform of Logic in Descartes's and Spinoza's Works.A. D. Maidanskii - 1998 - Russian Studies in Philosophy 37 (2):25-44.
    Sooner or later there comes a time in the history of a science when it pauses from dealing with its innumerable special problems and returns to the study of first principles and the foundations that delimit its particular field of inquiry. The result is usually a radical revision of a number of established basic ideas, the discovery of some hitherto unknown dimension in the field, and the emergence of an appropriate paradigm for investigating the field. It was the fate of (...)
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  12. The Differential Point of View of the Infinitesimal Calculus in Spinoza, Leibniz and Deleuze.Simon Duffy - 2006 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 37 (3):286-307.
    In Hegel ou Spinoza,1 Pierre Macherey challenges the influence of Hegel’s reading of Spinoza by stressing the degree to which Spinoza eludes the grasp of the Hegelian dialectical progression of the history of philosophy. He argues that Hegel provides a defensive misreading of Spinoza, and that he had to “misread him” in order to maintain his subjective idealism. The suggestion being that Spinoza’s philosophy represents, not a moment that can simply be sublated and subsumed within the dialectical progression of the (...)
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  13. The Influence of Spinoza’s Concept of Infinity on Cantor’s Set Theory.Paolo Bussotti & Christian Tapp - 2009 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 40 (1):25-35.
    Georg Cantor, the founder of set theory, cared much about a philosophical foundation for his theory of infinite numbers. To that end, he studied intensively the works of Baruch de Spinoza. In the paper, we survey the influence of Spinozean thoughts onto Cantor’s; we discuss Spinoza’s philosophy of infinity, as it is contained in his Ethics; and we attempt to draw a parallel between Spinoza’s and Cantor’s ontologies. Our conclusion is that the study of Spinoza provides deepening insights into Cantor’s (...)
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Spinoza: Natural Philosophy
  1. Marjorie Grene and Debra Nails, Eds., Spinoza and the Sciences. [REVIEW]James Morrison - 1987 - Philosophy in Review 7:495-496.
  2. Spinoza on Physical Science.Alison Peterman - 2014 - Philosophy Compass 9 (3):214-223.
    In this paper, I discuss Spinoza on the proper methods and content of physical science. I start by showing how Spinoza's epistemology leads him to a kind of pessimism about the prospects of empirical and mathematical methods in natural philosophy. While they are useful for life, they do not tell us about nature, as Spinoza puts it, “as it is in itself.” At the same time, Spinoza seems to allow that we have some knowledge of physical things and their behavior. (...)
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  3. Marjorie Grene and Debra Nails, Eds., Spinoza and the Sciences Reviewed By.James C. Morrison - 1987 - Philosophy in Review 7 (12):495-496.
  4. Spinoza and Cartesian Mechanics.André Lecrivain - 1986 - In Marjorie G. Grene & Debra Nails (eds.), Spinoza and the Sciences. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 15--60.
  5. Spinoza in the Century of Science.Nancy Maull - 1986 - In Marjorie G. Grene & Debra Nails (eds.), Spinoza and the Sciences. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 3--13.
  6. Einstein and Spinoza.Michel Paty - 1986 - In Marjorie G. Grene & Debra Nails (eds.), Spinoza and the Sciences. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 267--302.
  7. Spinoza and the Rise of Modern Science in the Netherlands.Heine Siebrand - 1986 - In Marjorie G. Grene & Debra Nails (eds.), Spinoza and the Sciences. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 61--91.
  8. Parallelism and Complementarity: The Psycho-Physical Problem in Spinoza and in the Succession of Niels Bohr.Hans Jonas - 1986 - In Marjorie G. Grene & Debra Nails (eds.), Spinoza and the Sciences. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 237--247.
  9. Annotated Bibliography of Spinoza and the Sciences.Debra Nails - 1986 - In Marjorie G. Grene & Debra Nails (eds.), Spinoza and the Sciences. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 305--314.
  10. „Axioms in Spinoza's Science and Philosophy of Science “.Wim Klever - 1986 - Studia Spinozana: An International and Interdisciplinary Series 2:171-195.
  11. The Motion of the Projectile-Elucidation of Spinoza's Physics.Wim Klever - 1993 - Studia Spinozana: An International and Interdisciplinary Series 9:335-340.
  12. Spinoza's Library: The Mathematical and Scientific Works.Henri Krop - 2013 - Intellectual History Review 23 (1):25-43.
  13. Albert Einstein i jego związki z filozofią Spinozy.S. J. Lisiak - 2012 - Filo-Sofija 12 (17).
    ALBERT EINSTEIN’S CONNECTIONS WITH SPINOZA’S PHILOSOPHY The paper aims to analyze the influence of Baruch Spinoza’s philosophy on Albert Einstein’s work, in particular his physics. Einstein was a man of genius personality of contemporary physics, but we can see him as a prominent philosopher, too. He studied the philosophical works of Kant, Leibniz, Hume and other modern philosophers. But his most preferred thinker was Baruch Spinoza. Einstein knew very well Spinoza’s main book, Ethics. He accepted Spinoza’s concepts of human being (...)
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  14. Nieuwe argumenten tegen de toeschrijving Van het auteurschap Van de „stelkonstige reeckening Van den regenboog” en „reeckening Van kanssen” aan Spinoza.W. N. A. Klever - 1985 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 47 (3):493 - 502.
    An accurate analysis of the text shows that the small treatises have a logical structure and a style which is in all aspects unspinozistic. The main points of difference are : a formalistic interpretation of mathematics‚ the opposition between mathematics and physics‚ slavish cartesianism‚ the presence of numerous pleonasms‚ carelessness of expression‚ parade of learning‚ prolixity‚ attention for irrelevant qualities of authors quoted‚ educational purpose. Together with De Vet’s demonstration that the author of SRR and RK is still alive in (...)
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  15. Zwaarte: Een polemiek in de zeventiende eeuw.W. N. A. Klever - 1990 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 52 (2):280 - 314.
    Gravity was a major theme in the seventeenth century scientific discussion. Trendsetters in the renewal of natural science were Galilei and Descartes. The first required a unified theory of all phenomena of gravity ; the second provided one with his vortex-hypothesis, which explained gravity by the mechanical push of subtile bodies of the vortex. This conception was tested and generally followed by Christiaan Huygens, whereas Newton presented the laws of the so called 'attraction' by which he did not at all (...)
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  16. Galileo and Spinoza.F. Buyse (ed.) - 2013 - Routledge.
  17. Galileo and Spinoza: Introduction.Filip Buyse - 2013 - Intellectual History Review 23 (1):1-3.
  18. Le «démasquement» de Descartes par Spinoza dans Les Principia Philosophiae Cartesianae.Filip Buyse - 2012 - Teoria 2:15-43.
    Spinoza’s Principles of Cartesian Philosophy is often presented simply as an interpretation of Descartes’ Principia that does not reveal anything significant about Spinoza’s philosophy and its development. This paper, however, shows that Spinoza altered Descartes’ text in a way congruent with what he would later write in his Theological Political Treatise and the Ethics. More precisely, this paper concentrates not on what Spinoza added to Descartes’ texts but on how he presented them. The paper furthermore examines questions that were obviously (...)
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  19. Spinoza and Galileo Galilei: Adequate Ideas and Intrinsic Qualities of Bodies.Filip A. A. Buyse - 2008 - Historia Philosophica 6:117-127.
  20. Spinoza and Robert Boyle's Definition of Mechanical Philosophy.Filip A. A. Buyse - 2010 - Historia Philosophica 8:73-89.
  21. Continuare Spinoza: Un'esercitazione Filosofica.Massimo Adinolfi - 2012 - Editori Internazionali Riuniti.
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  22. Spinoza and the Sciences.Ernestine G. E. Van der Wall - 1989 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 27 (3):479-480.
  23. Spinoza’s Physical Philosophy.Jacob Adler - 1996 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 78 (3):253-276.
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  24. Spinoza and the Philosophy of Science: Mathematics, Motion, and Being.Eric Schliesser - manuscript
    This chapter argues that the standard conception of Spinoza as a fellow-travelling mechanical philosopher and proto-scientific naturalist is misleading. It argues, first, that Spinoza’s account of the proper method for the study of nature presented in the Theological-Political Treatise (TTP) points away from the one commonly associated with the mechanical philosophy. Moreover, throughout his works Spinoza’s views on the very possibility of knowledge of nature are decidedly sceptical (as specified below). Third, in the seventeenth-century debates over proper methods in the (...)
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  25. Spinoza’s Idea of the Body.Carroll R. Bowman - 1971 - Idealistic Studies 1 (3):258-268.
  26. The Physics of Spinoza's Ethics.David R. Lachterman - 1977 - Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 8 (3):71-111.
  27. The Use and Non-Use of Physics in Spinoza's Ethics.R. F. Hassing - 1980 - Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 11 (2):41-70.
  28. Spinoza Contra Curie.Lance Byron Richey - 1993 - Philosophy and Theology 7 (3):323-331.
    I outline Spinoza’s development of the concept of conatus in the Ethics, and attempt to define its role in his metaphysics. In light of this, I critique the theory based on the identification by modern physics of certain radioactive substances, e.g., curium. These substances, I argue, are by definition unstable individuals whose essences include finite durations (half-lives). As such, they are in direct contradiction to Spinoza’s metaphysics. I then advance and critique several defenses Spinoza might make for his theory of (...)
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  29. Book Review:Spinoza and the Sciences Marjorie Grene, Debra Nails. [REVIEW]Don Garrett - 1988 - Philosophy of Science 55 (3):480-.
  30. Spinoza And The Sciences.Marjorie G. Grene & Debra Nails - 1986 - Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
    The chapters of the book do not situate Spinoza among the natural philosophical giants who opened the way to modern science. Rather they explore Spinoza's relation to the sciences in a variety of ways. Contributors: Joseph Agassi, Thomas Cook, Marjorie Grene, Hans Jonas, André Lecrivain, Genevieve Lloyd, Alexandre Matheron, Nancy Maull, Debra Nails, Michel Paty, Richard H. Popkin, David Savan, Heine Siebrand, and Joe D. Van Zandt.
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  31. Spinoza's Physical Theory.Richard Manning - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  32. Spinoza and the Concept of a Law of Nature.Jon Miller - 2003 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 20 (3):257 - 276.
    In the early modern period, laws of nature underwent two re markable changes: first, their role in science and philosophy was greatly expanded as they became central to investigation and explanation; and second, ontology (are the laws “real” or not?) and induction emerged as far and away the most important problems of interpretation. The dramatic expansion in the variety of the laws and their range of application, together with the emergence of ontology and induction as (the) paramount problems of interpretation, (...)
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  33. Spinoza and the Sciences.Ernestine G. E. der Walvanl - 1989 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 27 (3).
Spinoza: Physical Individuation
  1. Spinoza on Conatus, Inertia and the Impossibility of Self-Destruction.F. Buyse - manuscript
    Suicide or self-destruction means in ordinary language “the act of killing oneself deliberately” (intentionally or on purpose). Indeed, that’s what we read in the Oxford dictionary and the Oxford dictionary of philosophy , which seems to be confirmed by the etymology of the term “suicide”, a term introduced around mid-17th century deduced from the modern Latin suicidium, ‘act of suicide’. Traditionally, suicide was regarded as immoral, irreligious and illegal in Western culture. However, during the 17th century this Christian view started (...)
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  2. Spinoza on the “Principles of Natural Things”.Alison Peterman - 2012 - The Leibniz Review 22:37-65.
    This essay considers Spinoza’s responses to two questions: what is responsible for the variety in the physical world and by what mechanism do finite bodies causally interact? I begin by elucidating Spinoza’s solution to the problem of variety by considering his comments on Cartesian physics in an epistolary exchange with Tschirnhaus late in Spinoza’s life. I go on to reconstruct Spinoza’s unique account of causation among finite bodies by considering Leibniz’s attack on the Spinozist explanation of variety. It turns out (...)
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  3. Moles in Motu: Principles of Spinoza's Physics.W. N. A. Klever - 1988 - Studia Spinozana: An International and Interdisciplinary Series 4:165-194.
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