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Single Idea 7487

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / B. Nature of a State / 1. Purpose of a State]

Full Idea

For Spinoza the purpose of society was the extension of human awareness.

Gist of Idea

Society exists to extend human awareness


report of Baruch de Spinoza (Tractatus Theologico-Politicus [1670]) by Peter Watson - Ideas Ch.24

Book Reference

Watson,Peter: 'Ideas: from fire to Freud' [Phoenix 2006], p.684

A Reaction

I like that. Personally I think human understanding is the best aim our lives can have, but I am inclined to see this in rather individualistic terms (despairing of getting others interested in the project!).