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Single Idea 17176

[catalogued under 7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 2. Types of Existence]

Full Idea

The more reality or being a thing possesses, the more attributes belong to it.

Gist of Idea

The more reality a thing has, the more attributes it has


Baruch de Spinoza (The Ethics [1675], I Pr 09)

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Ethics', ed/tr. White,WH/Stirling,AH [Wordsworth 2001], p.9

A Reaction

This commitment to degrees of existence (which I find baffling) is presumably to enable God to be the thing with infinite attributes, and an infinite degree of Being. What percentage of Being would you say you've got (on a good day)?

Related Idea

Idea 17177 In nature there is just one infinite substance [Spinoza]