Spinoza's Version of the PSR

dc.contributor.authorSchaeffer, Erichen
dc.contributor.departmentPhilosophyen
dc.contributor.supervisorMiller, Jonen
dc.date2014-03-28 11:35:29.035
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-31T19:52:53Z
dc.date.available2014-03-31T19:52:53Z
dc.date.issued2014-03-31
dc.degree.grantorQueen's University at Kingstonen
dc.descriptionThesis (Master, Philosophy) -- Queen's University, 2014-03-28 11:35:29.035en
dc.description.abstractMichael Della Rocca has provided an influential interpretation of Spinoza relying heavily on the principle of sufficient reason. In order to challenge this interpretation, I identify three assumptions Della Rocca makes about the PSR and demonstrate that it is not clear Spinoza shares them. First, Della Rocca contends that the PSR is unlimited in scope. I show that the scope of Spinoza’s version of the PSR is ambiguous. While it is clear that substances and modes are included, it is unclear just how widely the scope extends. Second, Della Rocca argues that the PSR demands there are no illegitimate bifurcations. I argue that Della Rocca’s account of illegitimate bifurcations is too strong. I show that Spinoza offers a distinction in explanatory types that should be considered illegitimate and inexplicable according to Della Rocca’s definition of illegitimate bifurcations. Third, Della Rocca argues that explanations which satisfy the demands of the PSR must be in terms of the concepts involved. I show that Spinoza does not use conceptual explanations. Instead, in almost all cases, the explanations Spinoza relies on to satisfy the demands of the PSR are in terms of a thing’s cause.en
dc.description.degreeM.A.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/8677
dc.language.isoengen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
dc.rightsThis publication is made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws without written authority from the copyright owner.en
dc.subjectSpinozaen
dc.subjectEthicsen
dc.subjectMichael Della Roccaen
dc.subjectPrinciple of Sufficient Reasonen
dc.titleSpinoza's Version of the PSRen
dc.typethesisen
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