21 Dec 2008

Spinoza's Ethics, Part 1, Axiom 6

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

Spinoza, Ethics

Part I "Concerning God"

Axiom VI:

6. A true idea must agree with that of which it is the idea.

[Modes of thought have an objective reality, which is their being in a relation to their object. If the the idea did not agree with the object, then it would not have objective reality; hence as not real, it is not true either.]

From the Latin:

VI. Idea vera debet cum suo ideato convenire.

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