Spinoza’s eeuwige gelukzaligheid

Victor Nuovo bracht gisteren zijn 13e bijdrage in een serie over de filosofie van Spinoza in de Addison County Independent [cf. eerder blog]. Het gaat over beatitudo - eternal bliss. Ik neem hier een van de latere alinea’s over, daarna het begin van zijn stuk  en verwijs vervolgens naar zijn tekst.

“Eternal bliss is a state of calm untroubled cognition. It is a state of knowing that everything is as it must be. Human enquiry as it progresses toward this knowledge glimpses the totality, as from afar, from its finiteness, drawn towards its object by a dispassionate love, “intellectual love,” which is reason fully engaged with the sum of reality; it is an ecstasy, a finite mind reaching beyond its own finite limits; standing outside of itself. Spinoza described it “the standpoint of eternity.”

Het begint zo:

“Bliss is a state of uninterrupted calm or tranquility, and if it is eternal it is without beginning or end. We cannot possess this state by nature, for, like all of nature’s products, we are finite, we have an end as well as a beginning, and, therefore, we cannot possess anything eternally. But, perhaps, if this state were accessible, we might enter into it for a time, feel it, enjoy it, be calmed by it and even charmed into thinking our enjoyment with it is without limit. Spinoza thought this was possible. I will try to explain.” [Cf.]

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Merkwaardig is dat sommige van zijn stukken vrij toegankelijk zijn voor iedereen en andere alleen voor intekenaren.