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Spinoza's Theory of Attributes

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[Revised entry by Noa Shein on March 19, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Attributes sit at the very heart of Spinoza's metaphysics. They enable us to understand and talk about an extended world and a thinking world in terms of which we understand such things as bodies and minds. Furthermore, it is due to the relation of attributes to one another and to the infinite substance that an elegant resolution to the Cartesian mind - body problem is possible. Attributes furnish Spinoza's substance with variety while preventing it from being an ephemeral,...

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