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Rationalism, Spinoza

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHLB35H3
Professor
Monica Boyd
Semester
Winter

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Spinoza Particular Things and NecessitarianismFor Spinoza particular things such as tables trees human bodies as well as ideas and finite minds are modes of the one substance that exists God particular things are nothing but affections of the attributes of God that is modes wherein the attributes of God find expression in a definite and determinate way Ip25c p 140The argument for this view is straightforward given the arguments weve already seenIp15 everything that exists is in God p 134P1 Every existing mode is in a substanceP2 God is the only substance that existsC1 Every existing mode exists in GodP3 Everything that exists is either a substance or a modeP4 God exists in himselfC2 Everything that exists is in GodNot only do particular things depend on God as modes on substance but they follow necessarily from Gods natureSpinoza says that infinite things in infinite ways follows from Gods nature Ip16 p 137
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