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The Metaphysics of the Material World

Surez, Descartes, Spinoza

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This study traces the development of the metaphysics of the material world in early modern thought. It starts with the scholastic innovator Surez, proceeds to a consideration of Surez's connections to Descartes, and ends with an examination of Spinoza's fundamental re-conceptualization of the Cartesian material world.
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This is an incredibly rich book, full of important ideas about how to understand Surez, Descartes, and Spinoza. It will be influential on scholars working on all three figures, and it makes an important contribution to the ongoing project of trying to understand seventeenth century philosophy better in the light of prior scholastic material."
-Robert Pasnau, Department of Philosophy, University of Colorado

This is a very strong, important addition to the literature. The literature on Descartes is huge and the literature on Spinoza is expanding at breakneck speed. But Tad Schmaltz offers something very distinctive: a consideration of their views on the metaphysics of body in relation to Francisco Surez. While recent scholarship has taken Surez into account in analysis of Descartes, the depth of Schmaltz' analysis is unusual and unearths novel, very
interesting material...Furthermore, Schmaltz takes the interesting approach of coming to this material from Pierre Bayle's objections to Spinoza. His book offers in-depth and thoughtful analysis of the material, and its interest goes well beyond its contribution to the literature on the three figures in question: its
treatment of the metaphysics of body contains ideas and insights that will be very useful in approaching other early modern thinkers. "
-Marleen Rozemond, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto

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Tad M. Schmaltz is Professor of Philosophy and James B. and Grace J. Nelson Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He specializes in early modern philosophy, and is the author of Malebranche's Theory of the Soul (OUP 1996), Radical Cartesianism (2002), Descartes on Causation (OUP 2008), and Early Modern Cartesianisms (OUP 2017). In addition, he has edited or co-edited Receptions of Descartes (2005), Integrating History and Philosophy of Science (2012), Efficient Causation: A History (OUP 2014), The Historical Dictionary of Descartes and Cartesian Philosophy (2015), The Problem of Universals in Early Modern Philosophy (OUP 2017), and The Oxford Handbook of Descartes and Cartesianism (OUP 2019).


Tables and Figures Abbreviations Acknowledgements Prologue 1. Bayle's Narrative 1.1. Bayle's Aristotelian Critique of Spinoza 1.2. Aristotle's Metaphysics of the Material World Part I: Suarez 2. Metaphysics and Material Modes 2.1. Analogical Metaphysics 2.2. Theory of Distinctions I 2.3. The Metaphysics of Material Modes 3. Quantity, Integral Parts and Boundaries 3.1. Quantity and Impenetrability I 3.2. Mereology and Integral Parts 3.3. Boundaries as Indivisible Constituents Part II: Descartes 4. Metaphysical Themes from Suarez 4.1. Theory of Distinctions II 4.2. Quantity and Impenetrability II 4.3. The Metaphysics of Surfaces 5. Material Pluralism and Ordinary Bodies 5.1. The Synopsis and Bodies-Taken-In-General 5.2. Incorruptibility and the Vacuum 5.3. Ordinary Bodies, Human and Otherwise Part III: Spinoza 6. Metaphysical Themes from Descartes 6.1. The Nature of Substance/Attributes 6.2. The Nature of Modes 6.3. From Extension to Motion-and-Rest 7. Material Monism and Bodily Parts 7.1. Modal Parts and Divisible Quantity 7.2. The Mereology of the Infinite Individual 7.3. Parts, Modes and Material Monism Epilogue Works cited Index