Will and understanding are one and the same.
 Baruch Spinoza, Ethics (1677). copy citation

Author Baruch Spinoza
Source Ethics
Topic understanding will
Date 1677
Language English
Note Translated by R. H. M. Elwes
Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3800/3800-h/3800-h.htm


“Wherefore, and vice versâ, this idea of a triangle can neither be nor be conceived without this affirmation, therefore, this affirmation belongs to the essence of the idea of a triangle, and is nothing besides. What we have said of this volition (inasmuch as we have selected it at random) may be said of any other volition, namely, that it is nothing but an idea. Q.E.D.
Corollary.—Will and understanding are one and the same.
Proof.—Will and understanding are nothing beyond the individual volitions and ideas (II. XLVIII. and note). But a particular volition and a particular idea are one and the same (by the foregoing Prop.)” source

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