SPINOZISTIC  INSIGHTS - 1-

Dedicated to Spinoza's Insights
 
CHAPTER ONE – DEFINITIONS


Table 1 - The Key to Understanding Emotion and Faith
Table 2 - Variation of Emotion
 
Table 3 - Variation of Faith 
Endnotes 
 
IntroductionPurpose - Browser Notes
Glossary and Index - Citation Abbreviations
 






   

CHAPTER ONE – DEFINITIONS

   

1.1

Spinoza defined "sorrow, boredom, joy" with one definition.         

D:1.6
1.1a    You TRY – it's difficult, but enlightening. The more you try,
the more will the insight's beauty delight you.
D:1.3

 


1.1b Caution:   words   such  as  "panic,  anguish,  displeased,      
bored, pleased, delight, elation" are synonyms (properties)
not definitions. Try for the cause; the measuring yardstick.

Keep trying.
G:Note 1
        
1.2      Spinoza  also  defined  "hate, indifference, love"  with one
definition.
     
  
1.2a You  TRY – it's  difficult,  but enlightening.  The more you
try,  the  more  will  the  insight's  beauty  delight  you.
      
E3:Pfc(12)

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1.2b Caution:   words  such   as  "hate, despise dislike, indiffer-      
ence,   like,   fond,   love"   are  synonyms  (identities)  not
definitions. Try  for  the  cause;  the  measuring  yardstick.

Keep trying.
  
G:Note 1

D:1.6
      
1.3     Spinoza defined the terms "perfection"; "sorrow...boredom...joy";
"hate...indifference...love"  by  their  causes;  not  by  their
properties.
  
D:1.4a 
D:1.5a
1.3a The terms may also be expressed in Calculus. C:Table 1
C:2:4

      
      
      The above terms are respectively analogous to "distance", "velocity", and "acceleration".

° DISTANCE  °PERPETUATION   (°P)     =  °PERFECTION   (°P)
°VELOCITY °EMOTION, Fig.1(a), James     = °SORROW...BOREDOM...°JOY 
°ACCELERATION °FAITH ,      Calculus:Fig.1(b)   = °HATE...INDIFFERENCE...°LOVE

                                                                                                     Expressed in Calculus
Table 1 – The Key to Understanding °EMOTION & °FAITH
                                                                               Life's Roller Coaster
  
Mull over this table carefully.  Chapters of Spinoza's insights are embedded.



1.3b      The degree sign (°) indicates that the term is a spectrum
or a portion thereof.
        
C:Fig.1
1.3c Table 1   values   are   instantaneous  values.   External
objects  constantly  cause  changes.
     
D:1.17 
C:Fig.2
1.3d Suggestion   to   Spinoza  Philosophy  Educators:— teach
Table 1
 Spinoza's definitions have extraordinary fineness
of perception and sureness of  touch.  It will perhaps have
have   a   profound   influence   on   your   students   lives;
especially   the
   definition   of   °LOVE   and   its  follow-up
Altruism.
  
C:1:5 
C:2:5 

I:2.7b

   

1.4 The first row of I:Table 1 or C:Table 1

( °DISTANCE   -   °PERPETUATION   -  °PERFECTION)       
are  axiomatic.    Although  infinite  terms,  E1:XIII:54;
we  deal  with 
 parts  as  explained  in  E1:XV(40):58.
    
D:1.7

TEI:[109]:40
Conatus


1.4a     °DISTANCE  defines °VELOCITY and °ACCELERATION.
°PERPETUATION  defines  °EMOTION  and  °FAITH.
    
1.4b °PERPETUATION  and  °PERFECTION (°P) are synony-
mous and are used interchangeably.  

°PERFECTION  refers  more directly to the °P of a Mode
of an Attribute.
   
He  increased  his °PERPETUATION  is  equivalent  to
he  increased  the °PERFECTION  (°P)  of his eyesight.
D:1.7a , D:1.9 , D:1.10d
   
I:Table 1 
D:1.8 
D:1.14 
 
 

D:1.14

 
1.5 °PERPETUATION  P)  includes  many  identities.
Quibble, Sham, Cash Value.
   
I:Table 1
Conatus
1.5a °PERPETUATION   includes   extension   of memory and
influence  after  deathimmortality.   It  is  what makes a
salmon  go upstream,  spawn and diethe °PERPETUA-
TION of  its  genes and, incidentally, the species.  It is the yardstick which measures °EMOTION and °FAITH.
   
G:Note 8
D:1.7
 
D:1.8 
D:1.9
E3:VII:136


1.5b

°PERPETUATION  of  a  finite  object  depends upon the
°P   (I:1.4b)   of  its  Modes.    Better  health improves the
chances   of  living  longer.   A  masterpiece  brings fame,
hence Spinoza.   Most people achieve  their  °PERPETU-
ATION  mainly  through  their  children. 
   

I:Table 1 
D:1.8 
C:Fig.3
Ambition
1.5c 100% P of any finite being is inconceivable:

100% P
 is Spinoza's concept of G-D.

0% P is also inconceivable. The mere fact that it exists
gives it some °P.
  
C:Fig.3
E1:XIII:54
  
1.6 The second row of I:Table 1 or C:Table 1:

( °VELOCITY  - °EMOTION  - °SORROW.....°JOY) are
 the first derivatives of their respective axioms.

°VELOCITY is the instantaneous change of °DISTANCE.

°EMOTION is the instantaneous change of °P.
    
I:Table 2 
D:1.10 
D:1.11 
D:1.12 
D:1.17
1.6a °EMOTION and "°SORROW.....°JOY" are synonymous.

°EMOTION is a spectrum; C:Fig.1(a)

"°SORROW.....°JOY"  its  array  of  colors (positive and
 negative intensities).
    
I:Table 1 
I:Table 2
D:1.22
1.6b The positive values are °JOY;   C:2:4

the negative values, °SORROW;   D:1.1

the transition, BOREDOM.
  

I:Table 1 
D:1.18 
D:1.19 
D:1.20 
D:1.21
  
1.7 The third row of I:Table 1 or C:Table 1:

( °ACCELERATION - °FAITH - °LOVE.....°HATE)
are second derivatives of their respective axioms.

°ACCELERATION is the instantaneous change
of °VELOCITY.

°FAITH is the instantaneous change of °EMOTION
with the awareness of the cause.
    
 I:Table 3 
1.7a °FAITH and "°LOVE.....°HATE" are synonymous.

°FAITH is a spectrum; C:Fig.1(b)

"°LOVE.....°HATE" its array of colors (negative
and positive intensities).
  

I:Table 1 
I:Table 3
1.7b The positive values are °LOVE;

the negative, °HATE;

the transition, INDIFFERENCE.
  

I:Table 1 
I:Table 3
1.7c The  third  derivative  is  a  constantchanges  no longer
occur, finite existence for that mode ends.

An  indefinitely  accelerating  body eventually reaches the
speed  of  light—a constant.   The body is no more; it has
become energy.

A  stream  eventually  falls  into  the  abyss  of  the ocean
and is no longer.

A life falls into the abyss of death and is no longer.

The  world  will  come  to  an  end  when  the sun's fuel is
depleted—if not sooner.


From Bk.X:50:

". . . in  Mr.  Balfours  words:  The energies of our system will decay,

the  glory  of  the  sun  will  be  dimmed, and the earth, tideless and

inert,  will  no  longer  tolerate  the  race  which  has  for  a  moment

disturbed  its  solitude.   Man  will  go  down  into  the pit, and all his

thoughts   will   perish.   The  uneasy  consciousness   which  in  this

obscure   corner   has   for   a   brief  space  broken  the  contented

silence  of  the  universe,  will  be at rest .   Matter will know itself no

longer.  "Imperishable  monuments"  and  "immortal  deeds," death

itself, and love stronger  than  death,  will be as if they had not been.

Nor will any thing that is, be better or worse for all the labor, genius,

devotion,  and suffering of man have striven through countless ages

to effect."

C:1:4
   

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        °EMOTION is analogous to °VELOCITY

° VELOCITY  ° EMOTION 
   
Toward Goal if positive °JOY if positive
Standing still if zero BOREDOM if zero
Away from Goal if negative °SORROW if negative


Table 2 – Variation of °EMOTION, Calc:Fig.1(a)
 
 

1.8 Table 2 values are instantaneous values.     
                   
External objects constantly cause changes.
   
D:1.13 
D:1.17
1.8a °EMOTION is a change in °P .
The intensity is proportional to the change.
   
D:1.11c 
D:1.17
1.8b The  enjoyment  (or  the  opposite)  of  food  varies  with        
hunger,  satiation,  nausea.   The  intensity  varies  from
the greatest pleasure to the deepest loathing.
    
  
   
1.9      °JOY  is  judging  that  you are undergoing an increase in
°P .  The  intensity  is  proportional  to  the  increase.
 E1:Bk.VII:60, AA creed.
   
Judging
D:1.13d


1.9a A  slight  increase  in  °P  of eyesight, say with glasses, is
nice;  but  an  enormous  increase,  say  with  successful
surgery, is elation.
   
  
   
1.10 °SORROW  is  judging  that  you  are undergoing a
decrease in °P .  The intensity is proportional to the
decrease.
   
Judging
D:1.15
 
D:1.16
1.10a A slight decrease in °P of eyesight, say with broken
glasses, is bad; but an enormous decrease, say
with failed surgery, is panic.
   
I:Tbl 2
1.10b BOREDOM is no change in °P.
   
    
D:1.19ff
   

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°FAITH is analogous to °ACCELERATION  1.7

° ACCELERATION
   
° FAITH
Increasing °VELOCITY toward goal if positive. (or decreasing if away from goal)           °LOVE if positive
No change in °VELOCITY if zero INDIFFERENCE if zero
Decreasing °VELOCITY toward goal if negative. (or increasing if away from goal) °HATE if negative


Table 3 – Variation of °FAITH,  Calc:Fig.1(b)
 
 

1.11       Table 3   values  are  instantaneous  values.   External
objects  constantly  cause  changes.  The  change can
be  positive  or  negative.   A  doctor  can heal or harm.
   
D:1.17
D:1.23d
1.11a °FAITH  is  belief  that  an  external  object  will  cause a
change  in  °EMOTION.   The  intensity  is  proportional
to the change
 hoped for or feared.
   
I:1.9a
    
1.12 °LOVE  is  belief  that an external object will increase °P.
The  intensity  is  proportional to the increase hoped for.  
E3:XVIII(8):143
   
I:Tbl 3 
I:1.11a
Awareness
1.12a The  doctor  who  causes a slight increase in °P of  eye-
sight  is  liked;   the  same  doctor  if  he  restores eye-
sight is intensely loved.
   
I:1.9a
C:C(b)
     
1.13 °HATE is belief  that an external object will decrease °P.    
The  intensity  is  proportional  to  the  decrease  feared.
E3:XVIII(8):143
   
I:Tbl 3
Awareness
1.13a The  doctor  who causes a slight decrease in °P of eye-
sight  is  disliked;  the  same  doctor  if  he  blinds
  is  in-
tensely hated.
   
I:1.10a
C:C(b)
    
1.13b °INDIFFERENCE  is  belief  that  an  external  object will
not change °P. 
C:C(b)
     

NOTES: 

From Susanne K. Langer's "Philosophy in a New Key"; 067466503; Pages 258-260.
THE GENESIS OF ARTISTIC IMPORT: Insight, Intuition, Aesthetics,

 


 

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