Kant and Spinoza

In Yitzhak Melamed (ed.), Blackwell Companion to Spinoza. New York: Blackwell (forthcoming)
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Abstract

In this chapter, I explore the connections between Spinoza’s philosophy and Immanuel Kant's. I begin by considering whether Kant engaged with Spinoza's actual views, and conclude that he did not. Despite that, I argue that there some philosophically-striking points of near-convergence between them. In addition to both privileging substance monism over other traditional metaphysical views, both Spinoza and Kant advance arguments for (a) epistemic humility based on the passivity of our senses and for (a) the timelessness of the mind based on the content of our intellectual representations.

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Colin Marshall
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