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Single Idea 4842

[catalogued under 18. Thought / C. Content / 2. Ideas]

Full Idea

By ideas I do not mean images such as are formed at the back of the eye, or in the midst of the brain, but the conceptions of thought.

Gist of Idea

Ideas are not images formed in the brain, but are the conceptions of thought


Baruch de Spinoza (The Ethics [1675], II Pr 48)

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Ethics, Improvement of Understanding, Letters', ed/tr. Elwes,R [Dover 1955], p.120

A Reaction

This appears to be equating 'ideas' with what we now call 'concepts', which presumably makes Spinoza less open to criticism than other philosophers of his time, for postulating baffling mental copies of the world.