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The Definition Of The Human Mind And The Numerical Difference Between Subjects (2P11–2P13S)

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It is difficult to account for the numerical difference between subjects on the basis of the Ethics, since for Spinoza there is only one substance, the difference between subjects cannot be understood as the difference between substances. In spite of the ontological unity of body and mind, author believes that the explanation of a numerical difference between subjects does not coincide with the explanation of physical individuality. This chapter refers to the problem of numerical difference between minds related to the concept of the human mind. It shows that propositions 2p11-2p13 are essential for Spinoza's solution to this problem. In his derivation of the concept of human mind, Spinoza is seeking to unburden himself step by step of the consequences of his substance monism. Essentially this group of propositions tries to explicate why we can assume the numerical difference between subjects in spite of the monism of substance.

Keywords: 2P11-2P13; Ethics; human mind; numerical difference; propositions; Spinoza; subjects; substance monism



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