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    Spinoza on Causation and Power.Francesca di Poppa - 2013 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 51 (3):297-319.
    The purpose of this paper is to argue that, for Spinoza, causation is a more fundamental relation than conceptual connection, and that, in fact, it explains conceptual connection. I will firstly offer a criticism of Michael Della Rocca's 2008 claims that, for Spinoza, causal relations are identical to relations of conceptual dependence and that existence is identical to conceivability. Secondly, I will argue that, for Spinoza, causation is more fundamental than conceptual dependence, offering textual evidence from both Treatise on the (...)
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  2. Spinoza and Process Ontology.Francesca Di Poppa - 2010 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 48 (3):272-294.
    In this paper, I put forward some remarks supporting a reading of Spinoza's metaphysics in terms of process ontology, that is, the notion that processes or activities, rather than things, are the most basic entities. I suggest that this reading, while not the only possible one, offers advantages over the traditional substance-properties interpretation. While this claim may sound implausible vis-à-vis Spinoza's language of ‘substance’ and ‘attributes’, I show that process ontology illuminates important features of Spinoza's thought and can facilitate solutions (...)
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    Spinoza's Concept of Substance and Attribute: A Reading of the Short Treatise.Francesca di Poppa - 2009 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 17 (5):921 – 938.
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    Abraham Cohen Herrera: A Possible Source for Spinoza’s Concept of the Attributes.Francesca di Poppa - 2009 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 83 (4):491-507.
    In this paper, I argue that Herrera’s discussion of the emanative process in his Gate of Heaven is a plausible source for Spinoza’s concept of the attributes as developed in Ethics. While Herrera’s influence on the development of Spinoza’s thought has been discussed, I argue that previous interpretations have not captured the nature of this influence. I will first offer an overview of Herrera’s discussion of the relationship between the One and the sefirot. I will then criticize a recent discussion (...)
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    A New Collection of Studies on Spinoza: Michael Della Rocca : The Oxford Handbook of Spinoza. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018, Xvii 687, Pp $150 HB. [REVIEW]Francesca di Poppa - 2019 - Metascience 28 (2):321-324.
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    Review of Benedict de Spinoza, Jonathan Israel (Ed., Trans.), Michael Silverthorne (Trans.), Theological-Political Treatise[REVIEW]Francesca di Poppa - 2007 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2007 (12).
  7. Seeking Nature's Logic: Natural Philosophy in the Scottish Environment. [REVIEW]Francesca di Poppa - 2011 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 49 (4):501-502.
    This book promises to tell “the untold story of the principal historical path from Isaac Newton to Albert Einstein” (xii). It is an ambitious promise. In explaining the influence of Reid’s philosophy on how Scottish scientists addressed phenomena such as light, heat, electricity, etc., Wilson addresses the exquisitely “Scottish” flavor of the contributions of Joseph Black, John Anderson, John Robinson, Dugald Stewart, Joseph Boscovitch, and several others. While the alleged goal is projected toward late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century discoveries, the (...)
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  8. Thinking About Causes: From Greek Philosophy to Modern Physics (Review).Francesca di Poppa - 2011 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 49 (2):243-244.
    This book contains sixteen essays, presented at the seventh Pittsburgh-Konstanz Colloquium in 2005. It includes historical topics, ranging from ancient Greek thought to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century philosophy, and contemporary topics, including causal pluralism, epiphenomenalism, and causality in disciplines as different as physics and economics.The concept of causation has been elaborated in many ways, with many different philosophical functions, including its problematic relations to the concept of explanation. The essays cover a variety subjects, and the results are quite disparate. (...)
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    Wittgenstein and Spinoza on the Logic of Immanence: Aristides Baltas: Peeling Potatoes or Grinding Lenses: Spinoza and Young Wittgenstein Converse on Immanence and its Logic. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh University Press, 2012, 312pp, $65 HB. [REVIEW]Francesca di Poppa - 2013 - Metascience 22 (2):465-469.