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A Rose Armed with Thorns: Spinoza’s Philosophy Under a Novel LensThe Supreme Grade of Knowledge

A Rose Armed with Thorns: Spinoza’s Philosophy Under a Novel Lens: The Supreme Grade of Knowledge [At the end of 5p36s, Spinoza refers to the inferences of the third kind of knowledge, which is called scientia intuitiva. This inference is “from the very essence of any singular thing” (Curley I: 613). Scientia intuitiva is the knowledge of individual (particular or singular) things. This knowledge is not immediate, with no procedure and evidences; on the contrary, it rests upon a special kind of sound inference. For instance, this supreme grade of knowledge demonstrates concretely and completely how each individual thing necessarily and eternally depends on God, whereas ratio teaches us about this dependence generaliter only, in a general way only, as a general rule. The major question that scientia intuitiva should answer particulariter, fully concretely is: “How our Mind, with respect both to essence and existence, follow … from the divine nature, and continually depends on God”? (ibid.).] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A Rose Armed with Thorns: Spinoza’s Philosophy Under a Novel LensThe Supreme Grade of Knowledge

Springer Journals — Aug 11, 2020

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
ISBN
978-3-030-54809-4
Pages
219 –288
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-54810-0_6
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Abstract

[At the end of 5p36s, Spinoza refers to the inferences of the third kind of knowledge, which is called scientia intuitiva. This inference is “from the very essence of any singular thing” (Curley I: 613). Scientia intuitiva is the knowledge of individual (particular or singular) things. This knowledge is not immediate, with no procedure and evidences; on the contrary, it rests upon a special kind of sound inference. For instance, this supreme grade of knowledge demonstrates concretely and completely how each individual thing necessarily and eternally depends on God, whereas ratio teaches us about this dependence generaliter only, in a general way only, as a general rule. The major question that scientia intuitiva should answer particulariter, fully concretely is: “How our Mind, with respect both to essence and existence, follow … from the divine nature, and continually depends on God”? (ibid.).]

Published: Aug 11, 2020

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