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Spinoza at first worked in the framework of the Cartesian philosophy publishing in 1663 a book entitled Principles of the Philosophy of Ren Descartes Another early work the posthumously published Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect contains themes that were central to Descartes investigation of knowledge It also contains hints of the metaphysics unfolded in the posthumously published Ethics the capstone of Spinozas philosophical career In the Emendation of the Intellect Spinoza like Descartes was concerned with the improvement of human knowledge which requires that we be able to distinguish the true from the false in a reliable way Rather than looking for some sort of further idea or property as the criterion of truth he claimed that truth shines forth on its own the criterion of the true idea is the true idea itself A method of seeking truths is most perfect when it begins with the idea of a most perfect being The truth of the idea lies in the essence it expresses The idea of a perfect being is a true idea corresponding to something existing because the essence of a perfect being implies its existence Further whatever follows from the idea of such a being is also true Thus the best method will produce an order of ideas flowing from the idea of a perfect being To this ideational order corresponds an order of existing things Spinozas system can be understood in terms of its similarities and differences to the system of Descartes Principles I 51ff Descartes system will therefore be recapitulated The particular object of comparison is his ontology systematic enumeration of what exists The objects of Descartes ontology are substances The only substance properly so-called that is the only being that does not depend on anything else for its existence is God Gods existence is contained in his essence so there is no need for anything but the essence to insure Gods existence Substances in
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