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Michael Della Rocca
Yale University
  1. PSR.Michael Della Rocca - 2010 - Philosophers' Imprint 10.
    This paper presents an argument for the Principle of Sufficient Reason, the PSR, the principle according to which each thing that exists has an explanation. I begin with several widespread and extremely plausible arguments that I call explicability arguments in which a certain situation is rejected precisely because it would be arbitrary. Building on these plausible cases, I construct a series of explicability arguments that culminates in an explicability argument concerning existence itself. This argument amounts to the claim that the (...)
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  2. Representation and the Mind-Body Problem in Spinoza.Richard N. Manning & Michael Della Rocca - 1998 - Philosophical Review 107 (4):603.
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    Interpreting Spinoza: The Real is the Rational.Michael Della Rocca - 2015 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 53 (3):523-535.
    in his characteristically generous and searching discussion of my book, Spinoza, Daniel Garber rightly points out that I structure my interpretation of Spinoza’s system around the principle of sufficient reason. This is the principle that, as I and others sometimes put it, each fact has an explanation and is thus not brute, or the principle that each thing has an explanation. The ‘or’ will soon be important. Indeed, it might seem that I am too focused on the PSR—certainly I seem (...)
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  4. Representation and the Mind-Body Problem in Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 1995 - Oxford University Press.
    This first extensive study of Spinoza's philosophy of mind concentrates on two problems crucial to the philosopher's thoughts on the matter: the requirements for having a thought about a particular object, and the problem of the mind's relation to the body. Della Rocca contends that Spinoza's positions are systematically connected with each other and with a principle at the heart of his metaphysical system: his denial of causal or explanatory relations between the mental and the physical. In this way, Della (...)
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  5. Two Spheres, Twenty Spheres, and the Identity of Indiscernibles.Michael Della Rocca - 2005 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 86 (4):480–492.
    I argue that the standard counterexamples to the identity of indiscernibles fail because they involve a commitment to a certain kind of primitive or brute identity that has certain very unpalatable consequences involving the possibility of objects of the same kind completely overlapping and sharing all the same proper parts. The only way to avoid these consequences is to reject brute identity and thus to accept the identity of indiscernibles. I also show how the rejection of the identity of indiscernibles (...)
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  6. A Rationalist Manifesto.Michael Della Rocca - 2003 - Philosophical Topics 31 (1/2):75-93.
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    Frankfurt, Fischer and Flickers.Michael Della Rocca - 1998 - Noûs 32 (1):99-105.
  8. Spinoza's Argument for the Identity Theory.Michael Della Rocca - 1993 - Philosophical Review 102 (2):183.
  9. Essentialists and Essentialism.Michael Della Rocca - 1996 - Journal of Philosophy 93 (4):186-202.
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    Representation and the Mind-Body Problem in Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 2000 - Philosophical and Phenomenological Research 61 (1):223-226.
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    Part of Nature: Self-Knowledge in Spinoza's Ethics.Michael Della Rocca & Genevieve Lloyd - 1996 - Philosophical Review 105 (1):116.
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    Essentialism Versus Essentialism.Michael Della Rocca - 2002 - In Tamar Szabo Gendler & John Hawthorne (eds.), Conceivability and Possibility. Clarendon Press.
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    Essentialism: Part 2.Michael Della Rocca - 1996 - Philosophical Books 37 (2):81-89.
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  14. Representation and the Mind-Body Problem in Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 2000 - Mind 109 (435):580-583.
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    Essentialists and Essentialism.Michael Della Rocca - 1996 - Journal of Philosophy 93 (4):186-202.
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    Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 2008 - New York: Routlege.
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    Representation and the Mind-Body Problem in Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 1996 - Oup Usa.
    Della Rocca concentrates on two problems crucial to Spinoza 's philosophy of mind: the requirements for having a thought about a particular object, and the problem of the mind's relation to the body. He contends that for Spinoza these two problems are linked and thus part of a systematic philosophy of mind.
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  18. Kripke's Essentialist Argument Against the Identity Theory.Michael Della Rocca - 1993 - Philosophical Studies 69 (1):101 - 112.
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    Die erklärbarkeit Von erfahrung. Realismus und subjektivität in spinozas theorie Des menschlichen geistes (review).Michael Della Rocca - 2011 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 49 (3):377-378.
    Can one have one's rationalism and subjectivity too? That is, can one endorse a full-blooded Principle of Sufficient Reason (PSR)—the claim that everything is intelligible—and yet regard experience of the world from a finite, subjective perspective as a genuine feature of that world? Many have thought not. Viewing the world sub specie aeternitatis—as rationalism seems to require—leaves no room for the arbitrary privileging of a particular spatio-temporal location that is often the hallmark of subjectivity. When faced with this apparent dilemma (...)
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    Causation and Spinoza's Claim of Identity.Michael Della Rocca - 1991 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 8 (3):265 - 276.
  21. Rationalism Run Amok : Representation and the Reality of Emotions in Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 2008 - In Charles Huenemann (ed.), Interpreting Spinoza: Critical Essays. Cambridge University Press.
  22. Mental Content and Skepticism in Descartes and Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 1995 - Studia Spinozana: An International and Interdisciplinary Series 10:19-42.
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    A Rationalist Manifesto: Spinoza and the Principle of Sufficient Reason.Michael Della Rocca - 2003 - Philosophical Topics 31 (1/2):75-93.
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    Part of Nature.Michael Della Rocca - 1996 - Philosophical Review 105 (1):116-118.
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    Review of John Carriero, Between Two Worlds: A Reading of Descartes's Meditations[REVIEW]Michael Della Rocca - 2009 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (7).
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    Taking the Fourth: Steps Toward a New Reading of Descartes.Michael Della Rocca - 2011 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 35 (1):93-110.
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  27. Representation and the Mind-Body Problem in Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 1999 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 189 (4):555-557.
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    Review: Meaning in Spinoza's Method. [REVIEW]Michael Della Rocca - 2005 - Mind 114 (453):150-154.
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    Review: Descartes-Inseparability-Almog. [REVIEW]Michael Della Rocca - 2005 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 70 (3):701 - 708.
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  30. Representation and the Mind-Body Problem in Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 1999 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 61 (1):166-166.
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  31. The Oxford Handbook to Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca (ed.) - 2013
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