31 Dec 2008

Spinoza's Ethics Part 1, Axiom 2

[the following is quotation; my summary and commentary is in brackets. The Latin text comes last.]

Spinoza, Ethics

Part I "Concerning God"

Axiom II:

II. That which cannot be conceived through anything else must be conceived through itself.

[If we cannot understand something in terms of other things, then we must understand it in terms of itself only.]

From the Latin:

II. Id, quod per aliud non potest concipi, per se concipi debet.

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