Spinoza's 'On the Origin and Nature of the Emotions' starts by discussing other
writers. Other writers on emotion typically argue that humans disrupt natures order and that
humans have ultimate control over everything. Spinoza disagrees with this account on emotions
on natures order.
He starts by simply saying don‟t count out emotions nor to even underestimate them.
Spinoza goes on to define certain terms. One important one to note is that emotion is defined as
“the active power of the said body is increased or diminished, aided or constrained, and also the
ideas of such modifications”. To the best of my understanding this means that something inside
of us that is excited or de-excited to get us to do(or not to do) some actions
Spinoza then proposes three postulates. The first postulate is that the change mentioned
above can occur in different ways and of course they can have no effect at all. He continues that
change may happen but it may result in keeping our active state (an activity). Spinoza then
discusses how all have human