Title

Spinoza on the Atemporal Intellect

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2011

Abstract

Spinoza scholarship has a long history of heated debate over the apparent inconsistency in Spinoza's claim that the intellect is both identical to the body and yet nonetheless capable of existing beyond the destruction of the body. In this paper, I defend an interpretation of the eternity of the intellect in Spinoza that is consistent with mind-body identity. My interpretation is based on (a) an atemporal interpretation of eternity and (b) reflecting on Spinoza's often overlooked early discussions that relate to this question.

Journal

SATS Northern European Journal of Philosophy

Volume

12

Issue

2

First Page

145

Last Page

158

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