quote of the day

From the perspective according to which the world consists of more or less separate, unintelligible things, privations seem real (just as passivity does). But from the absolute, monistic perspective, the privations drop out (just as passivity does). As Spinoza puts the point, a certain “privation can be said only in relation to our intellect, not in relation to God’s” (Letter 19) For Spinoza, finite things qua finite things do not exist, but what is real about finite objects is captured more perfectly from the divine perspective, according to which only the active God exists.

Michael Della Rocca, ‘Violations of the Principle of Sufficient Reason (in Leibniz and Spinoza)’, in Correia and Schneider eds., Metaphysical Grounding: Understanding the Structure of Reality, (CUP: 2012), p. 163.

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