ABSTRACT

There are two contemporary trends which directly or indirectly refer toSpinoza’s theory of the human body and use it as a basis for thedevelopment of further work:the theory of embodied mind in cognitivescience, and the current Spinoza studies in France which focus uponindividuation. In this essay, I first show that the theory of embodied mindcan supply fresh empirical evidence for Spinoza’s thesis that “the mind is theidea of the body.” Secondly, a discussion of the contemporary FrenchSpinoza studies shows how his theory of individuation requiresneurophysiology and cognitive science to be combined with ontology andpolitical philosophy.

KEYWORD

parallelism, embodied mind, extended mind, environment, individuation, political body, multitude

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