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Philosophy and Theology

Volume 24, Issue 2, 2012

Eugene Garver
Pages 155-190
DOI: 10.5840/philtheol201224211

Spinoza's "Ethics"
Don't Imitate God; There's a Model of Human Nature for You

The Preface to Part 4 of Spinoza’s Ethics claims that we all desire to formulate a model of human nature. I show how that model serves the same function in ethics as the creed or articles of faith do in the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, the function of allowing the imagination to provide a simularcrrum of rationality for finite, practical human beings.

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