Spinoza's Theory of the Good

In Olli Koistinen (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Spinoza's Ethics. Cambridge University Press (2009)

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Andrew Youpa
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
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In this paper I argue that, for Spinoza, the power to produce effects through one's nature alone is the key constituent of the good life. Indeed, to exist in the strict sense is to be the causal source of effects. On this reading, a temporally long life that is entirely governed by causal factors external to one's essence is not a genuine existence.
Keywords the highest good  eternity  power
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