col-9 - Spinoza God or Nature By substance I understand...

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Spinoza God or Nature “By substance I understand what the intellect perceives of a substance, as constituting its essence” God is infinite – the only substance of the universe o Everything else that is, is in God Propositions present the basic elements of his picture of God o Proposition 1: A substance is prior in nature to its affections. o Proposition 2: Two substances having different attributes have nothing in common with one another. (In other words, if two substances differ in nature, then they have nothing in common). o Proposition 3: If things have nothing in common with one another, one of them cannot be the cause of the other. o Proposition 4: Two or more distinct things are distinguished from one another, either by a difference in the attributes [i.e., the natures or essences] of the substances or by a difference in their affections [i.e., their accidental properties]. o Proposition 5: In nature, there cannot be two or more substances of the same nature or attribute.
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o Proposition 6: One substance cannot be produced by another substance. o Proposition 7: It pertains to the nature of a substance to exist. o Proposition 8: Every substance is necessarily infinite. o Proposition 9: The more reality or being each thing has, the more attributes belong to it. o Proposition 10: Each attribute of a substance must be conceived through itself. o Proposition 11: God, or a substance consisting of infinite attributes, each of which expresses eternal and infinite essence, necessarily exists. (The proof of this proposition consists simply in the classic “ontological proof for God's
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course COLL-E 105 taught by Professor Evans during the Winter '08 term at Indiana.

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