In my thesis, I will argue that while at first glance Spinoza's system seems to conflict with itself and provide an explanation of the mind that can be more confusing than helpful, its aspect of panpsychism provides a sort of lifeline for understanding. Not only does Spinoza's cosmopsychism make his system cohesive, but it can also be independently motivated by ideas that are compatible with the more contemporary intuitions in philosophy of mind. I will explore the specific nature of this universal mentality, how Spinoza's particular genre of panpsychism relates to other theories of panpsychism, and how his conception of omnipresent mind affects our understanding of consciousness and its place in the world.
Bachelor of Integrative General Studies (B.G.S.)
College of Undergraduate Studies
Perryman, Audrey N., "Spinoza's Cosmopsychism: The Multifaceted Mind of Nature" (2023). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1405.