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Single Idea 17179

[catalogued under 7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 5. Reason for Existence]

Full Idea

If a triangle exists, there must be a reason or cause why it exists; and if it does not exist, there must be a reason or cause which hinders its existence or which negates it.

Gist of Idea

There must always be a reason or cause why some triangle does or does not exist


Baruch de Spinoza (The Ethics [1675], I Pr 11)

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Ethics', ed/tr. White,WH/Stirling,AH [Wordsworth 2001], p.10

A Reaction

Hm. Spinoza is setting up a defence of the ontological argument, which seems to require that he lower his normal high standards of argument.