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Title: Consciousness within the Boundaries of Practical Reason
Author(s): IOAN, Razvan
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
Volume: 81 Issue: 3 Date: 2019
How should we understand Spinoza’s views on consciousness against the background of his interest in the pursuit of empowerment and freedom? This paper argues that consciousness consists in a plurality of affections of substance that do not necessarily help us in our striving for liberation. Spinoza wants to dispel various moral and metaphysical illusions associated with previous accounts of consciousness. Nevertheless, he does not provide more details, because an in-depth analysis of consciousness is not the best — nor the most direct — path to empowerment.