Philosophy and Theology 11 (1):71-84 (1998)

Authors
Nick Okrent
University of Pennsylvania
Abstract
This paper argues that Spinoza makes a distinction between the constitutive essence of God (the totality of His attributes) and the essence of God per se (His power and causal efficacy). Using this distinction, I explain how Spinoza can conceive of God as being both an immutable simple unity and a subject for constantly changing modes. Spinoza believes that God qua Natura Naturans is immutable, while God qua Natura Naturata is not. With this point established, Curley’s claim that Spinozistic modes are causally dependent on but not properties of God loses much of its attraction. In conclusion, I suggest how God’s essence is related to His attributes and His modes
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Philosophy and Religion
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0890-2461
DOI 10.5840/philtheol19981113
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 72,577
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

A Study of Spinoza's Ethics.Jonathan Bennett - 1984 - Critica 16 (48):110-112.
Spinoza.Don Garrett - 1991 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 51 (4):952-955.
A Study of Spinoza's Ethics.Jonathan Bennett - 1986 - Philosophy 61 (235):125-128.
Spinoza.Alan Donagan - 1988 - University of Chicago Press.

View all 15 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Contra Spinoza: Aquinas on God’s Free Will.John F. Knasas - 2002 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 76 (3):417-429.
Spinoza's Deification of Existence.Yitzhak Y. Melamed - 2013 - Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy 6:75-104.
Time, Duration and Eternity in Spinoza.Bruce Baugh - 2010 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 2 (2):211-233.
Spinoza and Prime Matter.Charles Huenemann - 2004 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 42 (1):21-32.
Thomas Aquinas and Giles of Rome on the Existence of God as Self-Evident.Mark D. Gossiaux - 2003 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 77 (1):57-79.
Spinoza on Power.R. J. McShea - 1969 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 12 (1-4):133 – 143.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-01-09

Total views
39 ( #295,070 of 2,533,615 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #389,998 of 2,533,615 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes