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Baruch Spinoza believes the essence of God includes Gods existence and discusses the causality of God through his ontological work Ethics In Ethics Spinoza is seeking a method of truth through the perfect being The essence of what that perfect being expresses using this method of truth is God ie the perfect being In this essay I am going to give a detailed account of Part I Proposition 33 of Spinozas book Ethics Part I Proposition 33 of Ethics states that things could not have been produced by any other way or in any other order than is the case This means that whatever does exist could not exist in any other way or in any other manner then it already exists It certainly follows then according to Spinoza that this proposition 33 follows from Proposition 16 and 29 Proposition 16 states that From the necessity of the divine nature there must follow infinite things in infinite ways modis that is everything that can come within the scope of infinite intellect Nothing in nature is contingent but all things are from the necessity of the divine nature determined to exist and to act in a definite way According to Spinoza this provides proof that all things have necessarily followed from the nature of God Proposition 16 and have been determined to exist and to act in a definite way from the necessity of that nature Proposition 29 For example this means that I smoke cigarettes from the necessity of Gods will and furthermore cigarettes a cancer-causing agent exist from Gods will I will now talk about Spinozas further conditions of Proposition 33 In Note 1 Spinoza is developing that there can not be a contingency or possibility of a thing existing because it either necessarily exists or is impossible for it to exist Spinoza believes that everything has a cause If it has no cause it contributes to the theory of doubt making
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