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Spinoza on God and Nature

Author: Dino Jakušić (DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Tübingen; Sessional Tutor, University of Warwick.) What does Spinoza mean by “God or Nature”? The Latin word sive (or sometimes seu) Spinoza employs here and throughout his Ethics is used to identify the two terms under consideration, rather than separate them. Hence for Spinoza God is Nature and Nature is God. But there is an ambiguity here. Which part of the two should we emphasise? Is Spinoza here reducing God to Nature, ...

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