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Gueroult, vol. 1, p. 118. ( 3) THE ONE SUBSTANCE DOCTRINE must be unalike in respect of some properties which they cannot lose; for if they were unalike only in respect of their accidental properties they could become perfectly alike, and so, by the identity of indiscernibles become identical. It is obviously intolerable to suppose that two substan~es could have been-or could become-one. , of attributes. As will be seen in chapter 5, it is not clear that Spinoza allows that things have accidental properties, although it is also not clear that he does not.
When Spinoza is called a monist, either of two things might be meant. ', to which he says 'One' and Descartes says 'Indefinitely many'. My topic is a monism of Spinoza's which does not contrast with any dualism I know of. In this section, using materials already assembled, I shall expound Spinoza's official argument for his monism. It is a poor thing, and I shall be glad to get to his better reasons for monism in chapter 4. But the official argument must be studied, because its component parts can affect our understanding of the Ethics as a whole.
This is suspect, to put it mildly. Not that it matters much. Spinoza's chief use of p5 is in an argument which has plenty of other things wrong with it. It is lp14d, to which I now turn. §18. Spinoza's monism: the official argument 1. When Spinoza is called a monist, either of two things might be meant. ', to which he says 'One' and Descartes says 'Indefinitely many'. My topic is a monism of Spinoza's which does not contrast with any dualism I know of. In this section, using materials already assembled, I shall expound Spinoza's official argument for his monism.
A Study of Spinoza's Ethics by Jonathan Bennett