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  Chantal Jaquet. Paul Ricoeur and Jean-Pierre Changeux’s reference to Spinoza’s theory of mind and body relationship «What makes us to think. Nature and the order»
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Chantal Jaquet. Paul Ricoeur and Jean-Pierre Changeux’s reference to Spinoza’s theory of mind and body relationship «What makes us to think. Nature and the order»

In their commonly written book «Ce qui nous fait penser. La nature et la règle», the neurobiologist Jean-Pierre Changeux and the phenomenologist Paul Ricoeur both refer to Spinoza’s theory of mind and body relationship to explain their different points of view. Spinoza plays an important part in their exchange, making it altogether possible despite the opposition between the neurobiological and phenomenological approach. The aim of the article is to examine the use they make of Spinoza’s conception to settle a common ground and to legitimate their respective theses.

 

Keywords: body, mind, Spinoza, Ricoeur, Changeux, neurobiology, phenomenology, monism, reductionism