chapter  7
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The attribute of thought

In the last chapter I was trying to show you what Spinoza’s conception of God or Nature amounts to as an account of the natural, physical world. I also tried to ask whether it could make any sense to regard such a thing as God. But regardless of whether or not you are convinced of the Godliness of Nature, we need now to extend the picture a little and to see what it amounts to as an explanation of the mind. Again, the way to approach it is as an extension of the ideas of Descartes.