“Einstein and Spinoza” is a tempting theme for a Spinoza scholar and Einstein admirer, as well as for a Spinoza admirer and relativity specialist. In what follows I shall pick out a small part of the many subthemes which today deserve renewed consideration: God, Nature, determinism, and timelessness.


Cardinal Idea Substantial Word Statistical Quantum Theory Free Creation Passive Aspect 
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References and Notes

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    P. A. Schilpp, editor, Albeit Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist (Open Court, La Salle, Illinois, 1949), p. 103.Google Scholar
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    Arnold Sommerfeld, in Ref. 1, p. 103.Google Scholar
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    Translation by Sommerfeld. Quotation from New York Times ,25 April 1929, p. 60, col. 4.Google Scholar
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    Quoted by G. J. Holton, in Boston Stud. Phil. Sci. 6, 186 (1970).Google Scholar
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    Unended Quest ,revised ed. (Fontana, 1976), p. 129.Google Scholar
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    References p. 130.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arne Naess
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  1. 1.University of OsloOsloNorway

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