Volume 45, Issue 2, Summer 2007
Consciousness in Spinoza’s Philosophy of Mind
Spinoza’s philosophy of mind is thought to lack a serious account of consciousness. In this essay I argue that Spinoza’s doctrine of ideas of ideas has been wrongly construed, and that once righted it provides the foundation for an account. I then draw out the finer details of Spinoza’s account of consciousness, doing my best to defend its plausibility along the way. My view is in response to a proposal by
Edwin Curley and the serious objection leveled against it by Margaret Wilson and Jonathan Bennett.