Making Sense of Spinoza’s Metaphysics
Birkbeck, University of London, Dreyfus Room, 26 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DQ
In this talk I shall revisit number of central themes in Spinoza’s metaphysics including the principle of charity, the difficulties associated with predicative interpretations of the mode-substance relation, the reason for adopting an interpretation that emphasises the laws of nature, and the roots of Spinoza’s theory of laws in Cartesian philosophy of science. My presentation will draw on two recent papers, ‘Spinoza’s Metaphysics Revisited’ and ‘Laws of Nature in Spinoza’.
A presentation of the paper ‘Spinoza’s Metaphysics Revisited’ is available here.
All welcome and no registration is required.