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"With an dazzling erudition . . . and in a right away no-nonsense sort, Bennett expounds, compares, and criticizes Spinoza’s theses. . . . not anyone can fail to learn from it. Bennett has succeeded in making Spinoza a thinker of our time." --W. N. A. Klever, Studia Spinoza

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1960) , § § 19-20. (3) THE ONE SUBSTANCE DOCTRINE than the one substance is adjectival upon it-is a property or state or (Spinoza's favourite term here) 'mode' of it. Evidence for that will emerge in due course. The notion of a substance as logically or conceptually independent is much more explicitly prominent. Indeed, Spinoza's definition of substance says, primarily, that a substance is something 'conceived through itself', which he explains as meaning that 'the concept of it does not have to be formed from the concept of something else' ( ld3).

379-380. 14. , vol. 7 5 (1966) , pp. 380-2. (3) THE ONE SUBSTANCE DOCTRINE tity; for essences are properties, and so on this reading no identity would be asserted between the attribute and the substance itself. I find this puzzling, however. , by adducing other indisputably shortcutting passages. However, the issue between us is about translation only, not doctrine. Take your pick. The important gulf is the one separating Donagan and myself from Curley. His translation retains 'constitute', but he does not understand it elliptically.

Curley, Spinoza's Metaphysics; see for example p. 124. 29. See for example Balz's p. 52 for an attempt to give a third realm reading to Spinoza's phrase 'action of the mind'. 3 The One Substance Doctrine This chapter will expound Spinoza's official argument for his doctrine that there is only one substance. There ts some preliminary explaining to do. §15. 1. _its concept of _substance. The root idea is that of what has properties or is asubject of predication; but that is too thin to be useful, since anything can be a subject of predication-his honesty is pleasing, but honesty is not a substance.

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