Donald Davidson's 'Spinozistic Extravagance'

Knox Peden

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This article suggests reasons why Donald Davidson’s work in philosophy of mind and metaphysics can be identified as Spinozist and also explores the significance of using proper names from the history of philosophy to describe contemporary projects. It argues that what makes Davidson’s work Spinozist is not just its internal features, but the role it occupies in relation to other positions identified as Kantian and Hegelian in today’s philosophical terrain. Finally, it suggests that the core animus at the heart of Davidson’s Spinozism is its indifference to autonomy as a concept in need of metaphysical grounding or essential to normative commitment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-358
Number of pages12
JournalCritical Horizons
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Donald Davidson
  • Kant
  • Spinoza
  • history of philosophy
  • monism


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