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Spinoza Ethics

Spinoza Ethics

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Part I. I showed in general terms, that all things (and


consequently, also, the human mind) depend as to their essence and
existence on God, yet that demonstration, though legitimate and placed
beyond the chances of doubt, does not affect our mind so much, as when
the same conclusion is derived from the actual essence of some particular
thing, which we say depends on God.

PROP. XXXVII. There is nothing in nature, which is contrary to this
intellectual love, or which can take it away. Proof.-This intellectual love
follows necessarily from the nature of the mind, in so far as the latter is
regarded through the nature of God as an eternal truth (V. xxxiii. and
xxix.). If, therefore, there should be anything which would be contrary to
this love, that thing would be contrary to that which is true ; consequently,
that, which should be able to take away this love, would cause that which is
true to be false ; an obvious absurdity. Therefore there is nothing in nature
which, &c. Q.E.D. Note.-The Axiom of

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