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Spinoza on the Resistance of Bodies (2021)


Commentators often claim that the bodies of Spinoza’s physics resist the changes they undergo. But it’s not always clear what they mean when they say this, or whether they are entitled to say it. This article clarifies what it might mean to for Spinoza’s bodies to resist change, and examines the evidence for such a view. In the first half, the author argues that there is some limited evidence for such a view, but not nearly as much as people think. In the second half, the author proposes looking for a mental analogue to collision in the realm of ideas and argues that adequacy amounts to a meaningful concept of resistance in Spinoza, albeit one that is incomplete.

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Authors & Contributors
Woolhouse, R. S.
Schmaltz, Tad M.
Gorham, Geoffrey
Buzon, Frédéric de
Yamada, Toshihiro
Elazar, Michael
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Foundations of Science
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Perspectives on Science
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Oxford University Press
Purdue University (Lafayette, Indiana)
Villanova University
Motion (physical)
Momentum; inertia (mechanics)
Matter theory
Philosophy of science
Descartes, René
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Spinoza, Baruch
Galilei, Galileo
Newton, Isaac
Malebranche, Nicolas de
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
16th century
Early modern
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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