On Philosophy

April 12, 2007

Spinoza’s Ethics, Chapter 1

Filed under: Metaphysics — Peter @ 12:00 am

Below (the link to the pdf) is a diagram of how the propositions in chapter 1 are derived from each other and from the axioms and definitions according to Spinoza. I have also included abbreviated versions of those propositions in a first-order-logic-like language, which may make it a handy reference guide if you are interested in how Spinoza’s arguments hang together, and what difference altering or dropping a proposition would have on the rest of the system. Note: you will need to zoom in significantly if you want to read anything.


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