Philosophers' Imprint 13:1-17 (2013)

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John Morrison
Barnard College
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Conception and causation are fundamental notions in Spinoza's metaphysics. I argue against the orthodox view that, due to the causal axiom, if one thing is conceived through another thing, then the second thing causes the first thing. My conclusion forces us to rethink Spinoza's entitlement to some of his core commitments, including the principle of sufficient reason, the parallelism doctrine and the conatus doctrine
Keywords Spinoza  causation  parallelism  conatus doctrine  conception
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