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Rationalism, Platonism and GodA Symposium on Early Modern Philosophy$
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Michael Ayers

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264201

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264201.001.0001

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Comments on Ayers ‘Spinoza, Platonism and Naturalism’

Comments on Ayers ‘Spinoza, Platonism and Naturalism’

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Rationalism, Platonism and God


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This chapter comments on Michael Ayers’ chapter on the strands of Platonism and naturalism in philosopher Baruch Spinoza’s metaphysics. It explains the sources of Spinoza’s Platonism and his departure from Platonism and suggests that Spinoza’s epistemology is deeply subversive of Platonism. It argues that a case can be made for Spinoza’s having a stronger debt to Platonism, even in the area which in which Ayers identified as the least Platonic aspect of his philosophy.

Keywords:   Platonism, naturalism, Baruch Spinoza, metaphysics, Michael Ayers, epistemology

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