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    Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 2008 - New York: Routlege.
    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, (...)
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  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. 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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    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. 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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  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.
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    Representation and the Mind-Body Problem in Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca - 1995 - 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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    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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    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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  11. Spinoza's Argument for the Identity Theory.Michael Della Rocca - 1993 - Philosophical Review 102 (2):183.
  12. Essentialists and Essentialism.Michael Della Rocca - 1996 - Journal of Philosophy 93 (4):186-202.
  13. 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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    Essentialism: Part 2.Michael Della Rocca - 1996 - Philosophical Books 37 (2):81-89.
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  15. 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.
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    Essentialists and Essentialism.Michael Della Rocca - 1996 - Journal of Philosophy 93 (4):186-202.
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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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    Essentialism: Part 1.Michael Delia Rocca - 1996 - Philosophical Books 37 (1):1-13.
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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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    Spinoza and the Metaphysics of Scepticism.Michael Rocca - 2007 - Mind 116 (464):851-874.
    Spinoza's response to a certain radical form of scepticism has deep and surprising roots in his rationalist metaphysics. I argue that Spinoza's commitment to the Principle of Sufficient Reason leads to his naturalistic rejection of certain sharp, inexplicable bifurcations in reality such as the bifurcations that a Cartesian system posits between mind and body and between will and intellect. I show how Spinoza identies and rejects a similar bifurcation between the representational character of ideas or mental states and the epistemic (...)
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  21. 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.
  24. 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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    Part of Nature: Self-Knowledge In Spinoza’s Ethics.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 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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    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.
    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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  29. Causation and Spinoza's Claim of Identity.Michael Rocca - 1991 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 8 (3):265-276.
     
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  30. The Oxford Handbook to Spinoza.Michael Della Rocca (ed.) - 2013 - Oxford University Press.
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