Date of Award

5-1-2011

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Youpa, Andrew

Abstract

Is Spinoza's theory of truth a correspondence, coherence, or ontological theory? There is disagreement in Spinoza scholarship with regard to this question. Various scholars privilege different aspects of Spinoza's writings in order to make him a correspondence, coherence, or ontological theorist. But is there another reading of Spinoza that one could offer to bridge the gap between these different theories of truth? In this thesis I show that Spinoza's theory of truth is not exclusively correspondence, coherence, or ontological. On the reading I defend, Spinoza offers a theory of truth that is an amalgam of doctrines suited to the metaphysical commitments of his system.

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