Creation Emanation and Salvation: A Spinozistic Study by H. F. Hallett M. A., D. Litt. (auth.)

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P. 227: - "Rose in the abstract does not exist. ' 1 1 PROLEGOMENA 33 causation, to which incidental reference has already been made, must for the present suffice. e. as durational - coming into being, enduring for a while, and then passing away. e. its complement in nature as inadequately realized, are durational, with potency-in-act reduced to conatus. How this comes about we shall see in due course. : "Spinoza had in view this series of finite modes, each coming mto existence, lasting for a time, and then ceasing to exist ...

PROLEGOMENA 19 causa sui, merely as finite, are intelligibly involved in its infinite and eternal nature, and thus deducible, but this cannot apply to their durational privations which must be analogically estimated with dubiety. " 2 For truth lies in the starting point of metaphysical synthesis and its eternal entailments, not in the durational problemata towards which, by descending analogy, metaphysics must proceed, and to which it can only asymptotically approach by deductive procedure. For onry the unintelligibility of the unintelligible can be made intelligible.

G. the uniformity of the circumference of the circle from Euclid's definition) 1 - an objection that does but reinforce Spinoza's estimate of the inadequacy of the definition. g. if the circle is defined as a plane figure such that lines drawn from a centre to its circumference are equal we have only a conventional definition from which, taken alone, few if any properties can be inferred. , I ask whether from this idea, say that it consists of infinite equal rectangles3 I can deduce all its properties.

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