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Single Idea 4865

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / C. Rationalism / 1. Rationalism]

Full Idea

The eyes of the mind are none other than proofs.

Gist of Idea

The eyes of the mind are proofs


Baruch de Spinoza (The Ethics [1675], V Pr 23)

Book Reference

Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Ethics, Improvement of Understanding, Letters', ed/tr. Elwes,R [Dover 1955], p.260

A Reaction

A wonderful slogan for rationalists! Technically it sounds a bit dodgy, as steps seem to be required for a proof, whereas the eyes of the mind presumably offer a priori intuitions, or clear and distinct conceptions. In essence, he is right.