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Single Idea 4826

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 2. Natural Purpose]

Full Idea

Nature has no particular goal in view, and final causes are mere human figments.

Gist of Idea

Nature has no particular goal in view, and final causes are mere human figments

Source

Baruch de Spinoza (The Ethics [1675], IApp)

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Ethics, Improvement of Understanding, Letters', ed/tr. Elwes,R.H.M. [Dover 1955], p.77


A Reaction

This is Spinoza's famous rejection of Aristotelian teleology, which was the last seventeenth century nail in the coffin of the great man. Spinoza substitutes God, but loss of faith in that concept then left us with no purpose at all, as in Hume.