"A Free Man Thinks of Nothing Less Than of Death"

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Spinoza's doctrine of the eternal existence of the mind has given rise to an enormous amount of speculation, both as to what he meant by the doctrine and why he included it in the Ethics. This chapter presents an account of what exactly Spinoza means by eternity, and what he means when he claims that the mind exists eternally. Understanding what exactly Spinoza is claiming when he claims that the mind has eternal existence, the question as to the role that claim plays in Spinoza's philosophy can be addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEarly Modern Philosophy
Subtitle of host publicationMind, Matter, and Metaphysics
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199835553
ISBN (Print)9780195177602
StatePublished - Jul 14 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Eternal existence
  • Eternity
  • Ethics
  • Mind
  • Spinoza


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