Self-Knowledge as Self-Preservation?
The uncompromising sweep of this methodological pronouncement is impressive, and recent commentators such as Hampshire (1951), Curley (1969) and Matson (1977) have responded appropriately by emphasizing Spinoza’s naturalism, seeing his system as an attempt to lay the metaphysical foundations for the new, developing “natural philosophy” of his time — that natural philosophy which was in many ways the progenitor of our own natural science.
… nature’s laws and ordinances, whereby all things come to pass and change from one form to another, are everywhere and always the same; so that there should be one and the same method of understanding the nature of all things whatsoever, namely, through nature’s universal laws and rules (Spinoza, 1955, p. 129).
KeywordsAdequate Idea Common Notion Eternal Life Finite Mode Eternal Activity
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