Spinoza’s Version of the Eternity of the Mind

  • Genevieve Lloyd
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 91)


One of the most elusive aspects of Spinoza’s idea of science for contemporary readers is his assumption of a continuity between the individual mind and its contents, and the network of systematically interconnected ideas which makes up the totality of scientific knowledge. The individual mind is supposed to reach full self-knowledge through perceiving itself as inserted in the totality of thought; and this, we are told, is what it is for the mind to understand itself as ‘eternal’. What is this perception? And how does it amount to the eternity of the mind?


Individual Body Actual Existence Individual Mind Intuitive Knowledge Contemporary Reader 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Genevieve Lloyd
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  1. 1.The Australian National UniversityAustralia

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