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  1. Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 2008 - New York: Routledge.
    Spinoza ' s understanding and understanding Spinoza -- Spinoza ' s understanding -- Understanding Spinoza -- The metaphysics of substance -- Descartes and substance -- Spinoza contra Descartes on substance -- Modes -- Necessitarianism -- The purpose of it all -- The human mind -- Parallelism and representation -- Essence and representation -- Parallelism and mind - body identity -- The idea of the human body -- The pancreas problem, the pan problem, and panpsychism -- Nothing but representation -- Representation, (...)
  2. 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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  3. Representation and the mind-body problem in Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 1996 - New York: 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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  4. 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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  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. Representation and the Mind-Body Problem in Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 1995 - New York: 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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  7. Representation and the Mind-Body Problem in Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 1996 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 189 (4):555-557.
     
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  8. Parmenides' insight and the possibility of logic.Michael Della Rocca - 2021 - European Journal of Philosophy 30 (2):565-577.
    European Journal of Philosophy, Volume 30, Issue 2, Page 565-577, June 2022.
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    Part of Nature: Self-Knowledge In Spinoza’s Ethics.Michael Della Rocca & Genevieve Lloyd - 1996 - Philosophical Review 105 (1):116.
    Writing to Henry Oldenburg in 1665, Spinoza says that he regards the human body as a part of nature. “But,” he adds significantly, “as far as the human mind is concerned, I think it is a part of nature too.” Genevieve Lloyd’s elegantly written book aims to investigate the meaning, implications and attractions of these characteristic Spinozistic claims.
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  10. A Rationalist Manifesto.Michael Della Rocca - 2003 - Philosophical Topics 31 (1-2):75-93.
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  11. Frankfurt, Fischer and flickers.Michael Della Rocca - 1998 - Noûs 32 (1):99-105.
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    Spinoza's Substance Monism.Michael Della Rocca - 2002 - In Olli Koistinen & John Ivan Biro (eds.), Spinoza: Metaphysical Themes. New York: Oup Usa.
    This essay supports a so-called identification-oriented interpretation of the argument for substance monism. It emphasizes the conceptual barrier between different attributes and the conceptual-independence condition in the definition of substance. It argues that certain features of Spinoza’s notion of attributes enable him to defend his argument for substance monism from a number of challenges: the fact that, for Spinoza, each attribute of a substance, independently of the modes of the substance and independently of other attributes, is sufficient for conceiving of (...)
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    Essentialists and Essentialism.Michael Della Rocca - 1996 - Journal of Philosophy 93 (4):186-202.
  14. Essentialism: Part 2.Michael Della Rocca - 1996 - Philosophical Books 37 (2):81-89.
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    A Rationalist Manifesto.Michael Della Rocca - 2003 - Philosophical Topics 31 (1-2):75-93.
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    Judgment and Will.Michael Della Rocca - 2006 - In Stephen Gaukroger (ed.), The Blackwell Guide to Descartes' Meditations. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 142–159.
    This chapter contains section titled: The Strategy of Meditation IV Believing at Will Freedom Believing as We Should and a Cartesian Circle.
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  17. Essentialists and essentialism.Michael Della Rocca - 1996 - Journal of Philosophy 93 (4):186-202.
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    Taking the Fourth: Steps toward a New (Old) Reading of Descartes.Michael Della Rocca - 2011 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 35 (1):93-110.
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    Essentialism versus Essentialism.Michael Della Rocca - 2002 - In Tamar Gendler & John Hawthorne (eds.), Conceivability and Possibility. New York: Oxford University Press.
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    If a Body Meet a Body.Michael Della Rocca - 1999 - In Rocco J. Gennaro & Charles Huenemann (eds.), New essays on the rationalists. New York: Oxford University Press.
    What are Descartes's criteria for substance, and how many material objects meet them? A passage in the Synopsis of the Meditations has led some to portray him as a monist about extended substance and others to say that he does not even use “extended substance” as a count term. After considering Descartes's two criteria for substance, as well as his account of transubstantiation, we see that these answers are mistaken. Descartes countenances an infinity of extended substances. These are quantities of (...)
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    2. Explaining Explanation and the Multiplicity of Attributes.Michael Della Rocca - 2006 - In Robert Schnepf & Michael Hampe (eds.), Baruch de Spinoza: Ethik in Geometrischer Ordnung Dargestellt. Akademie Verlag. pp. 17-35.
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    Causation Without Intelligibility and Causation Without God in Descartes.Michael Della Rocca - 2007 - In Janet Broughton & John Carriero (eds.), A Companion to Descartes. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 235–250.
    This chapter contains section titled: Two Revolutionary Humean Steps Occasionalism as an Heir to Aristotelianism Descartes's Causal Principle and Intelligibility Body‐Body Causation Causation Between Minds and Bodies References and Further Reading.
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    The Oxford Handbook to Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca (ed.) - 2013 - New York: Oxford University Press.
    Until recently, Spinoza's standing in Anglophone studies of philosophy has been relatively low and has only seemed to confirm Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi's assessment of him as "a dead dog." However, an exuberant outburst of excellent scholarship on Spinoza has of late come to dominate work on early modern philosophy. This resurgence is due in no small part to the recent revival of metaphysics in contemporary philosophy and to the increased appreciation of Spinoza's role as an unorthodox, pivotal figure - indeed, (...)
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  24. Mental Content and Skepticism in Descartes and Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 1995 - Studia Spinozana: An International and Interdisciplinary Series 10:19-42.
  25. Kripke's essentialist argument against the identity theory.Michael Della Rocca - 1993 - Philosophical Studies 69 (1):101 - 112.
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    Causation and Spinoza's Claim of Identity.Michael Della Rocca - 1991 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 8 (3):265 - 276.
  27. 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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  28. "If a Body Meets a Body": Descartes on Body-Body Causation.Michael Della Rocca - 1999 - In Rocco J. Gennaro & Charles Huenemann (eds.), New essays on the rationalists. New York: Oxford University Press.
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    René Descartes.Michael Della Rocca - 2002 - In Steven M. Nadler (ed.), A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 60–79.
    This chapter contains section titled: The Metaphysics of Matter The Metaphysics of Mind The Metaphysics of God God, Doubt, and Certainty Descartes' Reception.
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  30. The elusiveness of the one and the many in Spinoza: substance, attribute, and mode.Michael Della Rocca - 2019 - In Jack Stetter & Charles Ramond (eds.), Spinoza in Twenty-First-Century American and French Philosophy: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Moral and Political Philosophy. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  31. The elusiveness of the one and the many in Spinoza: substance, attribute, and mode.Michael Della Rocca - 2019 - In Jack Stetter & Charles Ramond (eds.), Spinoza in Twenty-First-Century American and French Philosophy: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Moral and Political Philosophy. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
     
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  32. Taking the fourth : steps toward a new (old) reading of Descartes.Michael Della Rocca - 2011 - In Peter A. French (ed.), Early Modern Philosophy Reconsidered. Boston, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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    Part of Nature. [REVIEW]Michael Della Rocca - 1996 - Philosophical Review 105 (1):116-118.
    Writing to Henry Oldenburg in 1665, Spinoza says that he regards the human body as a part of nature. “But,” he adds significantly, “as far as the human mind is concerned, I think it is a part of nature too.” Genevieve Lloyd’s elegantly written book aims to investigate the meaning, implications and attractions of these characteristic Spinozistic claims.
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    Review: Descartes-Inseparability-Almog. [REVIEW]Michael Della Rocca - 2005 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 70 (3):701 - 708.
    Joseph Almog’s elegant and concise monograph, What am I?, simultaneously advances a new interpretation of Descartes’ dualism and offers a powerful articulation of the bearing of essentialist metaphysics on the mind-body problem. Some may object to Almog’s endeavor to see Descartes so much in light of recent, Kripkean developments in metaphysics. Some may object to this, but not me. The study of the history of philosophy is tough, and we cannot afford to neglect any potential source of insight. Some may (...)
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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 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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