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Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie

Zweimonatsschrift der internationalen philosophischen Forschung

Ed. by Demmerling, Christoph / Esser, Andrea Marlen / Krüger, Hans-Peter / Menke, Christoph

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Volume 63, Issue 3


Der neue Spinozismus und das Verhältnis von deskriptiver und revisionärer Metaphysik

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ursula Renz
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Published Online: 2015-09-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/dzph-2015-0029


Relying on the assumption that Spinoza makes a double use of the principle of sufficient reason, Michael Della Rocca has defended a reconstruction of Spinoza’s approach as a metaphysical outlook according to which all particulars vanish in the only and one divine substance. This implies nothing less than a radical attempt to suggest a new and completely revisionary form of metaphysics. After a short discussion of Strawson’s distinction between revisionary and descriptive metaphysics and an exposition of the basic principles of Della Rocca’s interpretation, I critically assess his attack of the use of intuitions in analytic philosophy. After discussing the extent to which the first book of Spinoza’s Ethics is appropriately described as a revisionary project, I conclude with an argument for the necessity of both descriptive and revisionary elements in metaphysics.

Keywords: Baruch de Spinoza; individual; monism; principle of sufficient reason; revisionary metaphysics; descriptive metaphysics; P. F. Strawson; methods in the history of philosophy; meta-philosophy

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Published Online: 2015-09-12

Published in Print: 2015-09-01

Citation Information: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Volume 63, Issue 3, Pages 476–496, ISSN (Online) 2192-1482, ISSN (Print) 0012-1045, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/dzph-2015-0029.

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