This issue is devoted to a single article on the rediscovery of the transcendental, which is the idea that the metaphysical universe is divided between facts and their description. There is nothing else. This is a concept that had been largely abandoned during the fifteen hundred year period during which Christian thought and experience dominated Europe. It was rediscovered by the great Seventeenth Century philosophers. The most clear statement of that view, however, is not that provided by Hobbes, Leibnitz or Descartes. Spinoza provides it, and the fact that he is the most neglected of the great Seventeenth Century philosophers suggests that the project of the Modern Epoch has not yet been completed. The first part of the article deals with the eclipse of the transcendental and the second part deals with its rediscovery.
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